Choosing Colors with Accessibility in Mind

At GLOBE we present our science research very often, and recently I had the opportunity to share about some guidelines to help make presentations more accessible. It makes me very happy to hear about friends and colleagues that have started adopting small changes towards a more inclusive environment! During the presentation, a fellow member of the GLOBE’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force group suggested to continue sharing accessibility tips, one at a time. So, I have decided to take her advice (thank you, Ana). About a month ago I shared about the importance of using Alternative Text to describe digital images we use in our presentations. Today, I would like to share about color contrast.

Not everyone can see all colors. Therefore, it’s very important to be mindful of how we use color in our presentations. One of the most important tips related to color is to ensure we have enough color contrast. The easiest way to accomplish that is by either using a white or off-white background and dark text or using a black or other very dark background and white or off-white text. However, if you prefer to use other colors, then you may want to consider using a Contrast Checker tool! You can find more information on the WebAIM: Contrast Checker webpage. Using a contrast checker tool like Deque Color Contrast Analyzer is quite fun! Why don’t you give it a try?

I will be sharing another tip about color soon. For now, please remember that choosing colors that provide enough color contrast is an easy way to make our digital science content more inclusive!

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