Making infographics accessible

By Joe Bell

Infographics are a fantastic way of presenting facts, figures and information, but how accessible are they?

Infographics are visual methods of displaying data, presenting information quickly and efficiently. The presence of the World Wide Web and graphics editing programs has made it much easier for people to share and create infographics.

In most cases these infographics don't take into account accessibility. What about those who are visually impaired and can't take advantage of the visual representation?

How can we make infographics accessible?

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Making infographics accessible

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Structure

  • Maintain a logical structure.
  • Use heading hierarchy.
  • Use a grid layout.

Colour

  • Always use a strong contrast.
  • Don't convey meaning through colour alone.
  • Always consider people who are visually impaired.

Text

  • Use large typography.
  • Try not to use paragraphs of centred text; it creates "white rivers" for dyslexia sufferers.

Imagery

  • Make sure your text is legible.
  • Simplify the image's appearance.
  • Provide alt text when posting the image online.

Beware of the limits to which an infographic can be accessible

  • An HTML and CSS infographic would take advantage of web accessibility features.
  • Unfortunately, an HTML and CSS infographic would be much harder to share.

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