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1.4.5 Images of Text

Don’t use images of text on your website except where absolutely necessary or for branding purposes, for example your logo.

What you need to know

  • If the same presentation or visual effect can be made using only text (and not an image), it’s best to not use an image. If you have an image that has text in it, you need to make clear the message/content that image is conveying.
  • Text is always better than an image with text in it.
  • Images of text be used, but should be limited to situations where the user can adjust the font size, spacing, etc. so that it meets their needs and they can read it.

What you need to do

  • Avoid images that include text that conveys information.
  • If you do have an image that includes text, add alt text or a description.

Reference

Read the full explanation of success criterion 1.4.5 on W3.org.

Related Resource

Check out “Images of Text” from DAISY’s Accessible Publishing Knowledge Base for more information about this success criterion.