Write For Your Reader The Northwest Territories Literacy Council
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A Plain Language Handbook

Use fonts that people can read easily.

Use a serif font for the main text. A serif font has hooks on each letter. This is a serif font. This is a non-serif font.

Use a different type of font for headings and subheadings.
Use the same style and size of font in the same way throughout the document.
Use capitals only where appropriate. ALL CAPITALS ARE HARD TO READ.
Use photos, charts and other graphics to
show information more clearly.
Make sure your graphics are appropriate for your readers.
Place graphics close to the text they refer to. Use graphics to enhance the text.
Use colour effectively.
Use black ink on white paper for a document that is easiest to read.
Use coloured paper, ink, or shading to draw attention and to make your document attractive. Make sure there is good contrast and the text is clear.

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