Make Your E-Learning More Accessible With Adequate Color Contrast

In certain demographics, up to 8% of the population is color blind in some way. And many learners who can distinguish between different colors have trouble if there isn’t enough light/dark contrast. (If you’ve ever struggled to read teal text on a white background, you know what I mean.)

Choosing adequate color contrast is one of the simplest ways to improve the accessibility of your e-learning–or any content you create. In this ATD Toolbox Tip video, I share a simple tool to help you evaluate and adjust your color contrast.

And if you’d like to know more about accessibility, check out my one-day workshop coming up on March 9: Create Accessible E-Learning With Articulate Storyline 360.

Question slide using teal and gray with white, which can be hard to read because there isn’t enough contrast
Same question using a darker teal and a darker gray with white, which meets WCAG AA contrast requirements and is easier to read

WebAIM Contrast Checker

Diane Elkins
Diane Elkins is the co-owner of E-Learning Uncovered, as well as Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company specializing in the use of Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora. Diane has been in the eLearning industry since 2001, speaks regularly at national conferences about eLearning, and is co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series.

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