Accessibility is more valuable than paper



Sometimes, when organizations need to make hard copies of things, they try to save paper by making the print tiny. This is an accessibility problem.

For example:

  • Printing copies of a song you want to teach in a small font so that you can get four copies out of a single piece of paper
  • Reducing the size of a flier so you can fit four on a page
  • Passing out sheets of instructions in very small print

This does save paper. It also excludes a lot of people. Not everyone can read 8 point text. Most people above a certain age can’t read that, and many younger people can’t either. Those people matter more than a few sheets of paper.

If it’s important enough to make copies, it’s important to make copies that everyone who needs the information can read.

If you must make the copies small, make a few large copies available for people who need them.

mare-of-night said:

You’ll also make it easier and more pleasant to read, even for people who can read tiny fonts - which increases the chances of it being read, if it’s something that people might skip or skim. (In reality, that’s almost everything - people don’t like to read a lot - but especially for flyers, resumes, etc.)

This sort of thing is true of most accessibility measures, actually. And it goes for the internet too, not just paper - 10pt font in low-contrast colors makes it so that no one can read your blog comfortably.