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- indicate the nature of content in materials (for example, a large ‘i’ symbol is often used to convey the fact that additional information is being provided).
Giffoni Film Festival Poster from Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA
|Using pictograms, icons and symbols||Check the appropriateness of your symbols.||Symbols should be appropriate, readily comprehensible and used sparingly.|
|Scalability||Check that you can enlarge your symbols without losing too much clarity.||Users should be able to enlarge the symbols and they will still remain readable.|
|Colour and contrast||Ensure that you are meeting accessibility requirements for colour and contrast.||See section on colour and contrast.|
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