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How to Use Accessible Text Colors


Avoid using color as a way to convey your message. Use multiple means of communicating the message and avoid relying on color alone.

While Creating a Document

When creating a document, you want it to be as accessible as possible to convey the information to everyone. Color is important for this, as it may directly interfere with conveying information to someone. If your document has a high contrast between text and background, more people can see and use the content.

The word "GOOD" in the middle on the left side. The word "BAD" in the middle on the right.

Ensure that text displays well by using the Automatic setting for font colors. Select your text, and then select HomeFont ColorAutomatic.

Microsoft Word homepage with the word "Home" boxed around. The home ribbon boxed in red.
The letter "A" boxed in blue showing the different text colors that can be selected.

There are two programs that are recommended to use for checking color contrast issues. There are articles explaining the difference between the two of them and also how to utilize them. They are How to Check Color Contrast with A11Y and How to Check Color Contrast with Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA)

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How-to Video for Using Accessible Text Color (00:01:00)

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