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Accessibility: Dyslexic Users: Italic font #434
I'd like to share a discussion we are having north of the border about using italics and the effect it has on people with Dyslexia.
In this article, 6 Surprising Bad Practices That Hurt Dyslexic Users, it states:
This study, Good Fonts for Dyslexia, talks about the different fonts used and the effects it has on the participants of the study.
Curious if anyone here has heard or read anything on italics should be avoided for accessibility reasons?
Thanks again, keep up the good work!
I'm in agreement (for the most part) with this information. However...
On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 8:39 AM, Shawn Thompson email@example.com
Are there any particular resolutions we want to make for this site? I could see a "Quick Tip: Using italics" with @nattarnoff's summation and some of the points from that thread. Outlawing italics is maybe too strong a message, but a "best practices for applying emphasis" would be helpful.
But If no one is interested in writing it, I'll close this issue.
I'd like to chime in as a dyslexic myself and things I learned:
Monotonous walls of text are no good for anybody.
Rich text is fantastic. That is: Add legibility to paragraphs of copy by sprinkling different font weights (e.g. bold), italics and colour.
Underlines can be bad for legibility – if they do not skip ink (e.g. broken up from glyph descenders), otherwise if used sparingly as part of rich text they can be pretty great as well.
Thus practices, or dogma, that outlaw potential for variability in text are just a really bad idea.
The pseudo-italics can be bad if used in micro-copy or if applied monotonously across a whole paragraph.