Diversity and inclusion are part of C2021 values. If you’re creating a slide presentation for the conference, consider incorporating accessible elements.
Components such as template design, fonts, colours, spacing and so forth can facilitate or hinder screen readers, which are used by people who are visually impaired. Even for those who are not visually impaired, these elements can enhance or detract from your presentation. It can be tempting to include a wow factor but, in fact, it can detract from focusing your audience’s attention on your message. Simplicity is always a good choice.
Choose a template that has a simple design and strong colour contrasts. If you use colour to convey information, make sure it can also be communicated without colour. Avoid using boldface, italics or underlining, and avoid cramming lots of information into one slide. White space is important in helping to convey information. Text boxes and word clouds created online may be inaccessible to screen readers, so they are best avoided.
Use a sans serif font and 30 points for the body text. If you’re including a graphic or image, be sure to add alternative text that conveys its main message. This is important for the version that will be posted on CES’ website or which you otherwise distribute electronically after your presentation.
Find more information on accessibility in the new C2021 blog.