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Alternative Print Formats

Riverdocs Bureau Service offers a cost effective solution for providing large print versions of your documents and forms.

Many older people have difficulty in reading standard text even with appropriate spectacles and optimum illumination. The situation is made worse by the use of small characters with fine strokes.

The National Disability Authority (NDA) recommend that, For people with a visual impairment, the standard methods of advising customers about a new service may not be effective. Therefore, is it necessary to produce information leaflets and application forms in a range of alternative formats, such as large print..

Large Print

When providing versions of your printed documents for people with a visual impairment, the following print size guidelines should be taken into account.

  • Depending on the typeface used, 12 point could be considered as the minimum type size for standard format.
  • If 14 point is used as standard more people can access the document
  • Print above 16 point is considered to be large print.

Clear Type

Many common type faces, including Times and Arial have letter shapes than can be confusing. Upper case letter i, lower case letter l and number one can be difficult to distinguish.

Tiresias is a family of sans-serif typefaces that were designed for best legibility by people with impaired vision at the Scientific Research Unit of the UK’s Royal National Institute of the Blind.

When you have your documents converted to HTML by Riverdocs they can easily be re-purposed for large print.