Reading text on a monitor can be uncomfortable. To make it easier for our students, faculty and staff to use our website, I have added a new feature: typography options. In the right hand corner, underneath the main menu, you will now find four letter As. Each one will change the basic typography of the Rowan-Cabarrus website.
The four options are standard, large, extra large and dyslexia friendly. The standard option will display all main content fonts in the standard font sizes for the Rowan-Cabarrus website. The large option increases the main content fonts by two pixels. The extra large option increases the main content fonts by four pixels.
To benefit our students, faculty and staff with dyslexia, we have used the British Dyslexia Association guidelines for creating more readable text wherever possible. If you choose to use the dyslexia friendly option on the Rowan-Cabarrus website you will notice several changes to the display of text. Most prominently, all body text and menus are presented in a font face that increases readability for users with dyslexia. If your browser supports web fonts, you will see the font Lexia Readable. Traditionally, most guides recommend using Comic Sans. However, Comic Sans because it was designed to emulate comic book fonts and not to be a dyslexia font, can feel informal or childish to dyslexic users. Lexia Readable was designed specifically for dyslexic users and is recommended by several dyslexia associations, including the American Dyslexia Association. It features all of the benefits of Comic Sans with a more professional appearance. Additionally, using the dyslexia friendly option will increase the font size and remove all instances of italicized text and replace it with bold text. To read more about typography and dyslexia, visit the British Dyslexia Association’s dyslexia style guide.
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