Fonts, Sizes, and Colors
- It's best to use sans serif fonts such as: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, Trebuchet, Times New Roman
We recommend using one of the following font sizes: 10pt (Schoolwires Editor size 2) or 12pt (Schoolwires Editor size 3)
Black is the preferred text color. Avoid red, green, and yellow as color blind people will have difficulty seeing/reading the text.
Avoid using flashing/scrolling text as this can be an annoyance to your viewers and they may not read all content on your page.
Links and Attachments
Links to outside web pages should open in a new window, and be for informational or instructional purposes.
Verify that links outsite your webpages are functioning, current, and appropriate in nature.
Links should be descriptive (so that 'web readers' can pick up all the information) and put into context. Don't use "click here" to instruct a user where to click. For example:
º Don't Do: Click here for a complete listing of upcoming events
º Use Instead: Upcoming Events
Do ensure all text links have some visual cue that they are links. Whatever formatting you choose should be off limits for anything else on the site. If you use a shade of blue for links, your unlinked text or headers should never use this color.
Consider using PDF format when posting attachments. This will ensure that you will not be denying a user access to a document because of the program in which it was created.
Rather than linking to a document, use the Document Viewer app to embed the document in a web page. This will ensure that the document is intrinsic in the website and will be subject to translation should you have a translation featured as part of your template.
Avoid animated images as they are a distraction from the content on the page.
.jpg and .gif are preferred (bitmap and .png are not always recognized)
Resize photos either prior to uploading them or in the upload proces to avoid distortion.
Avoid background colors and images on pages. If background colors are used maintain high contrast between background colors and font for improved readability.
Source of some of this material: ABANET.ORG