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Write so everyone can comprehend it

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Many among us battle vision impairment, dyslexia and other obstacles that affect reading comprehension. Writers can take simple steps to make their work more accessible to such readers, writes Erika Enigk.

Use short, direct sentences and paragraphs, even bullet-point lists if possible. Limit the use of clunky acronyms. Use bold text for emphasis instead of italics, underline or all caps, and place one space between sentences, not two.

Being mindful of screen-readers often used by the visually im­­paired, use simple fonts like Verdana and dark text on light (but not bright white) backgrounds, along with justified-left text with 1.5 spacing. These devices also insert pauses at commas and other punctuation marks, so use them at the end of bullet points and list items.

— Adapted from “Writing for Dyslexic Readers,” Erika Enigk, quickanddirtytips.com.

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