Understanding Success Criterion 1.4.9: Images of Text (No Exception)

Understanding Success Criterion 1.4.9 Images of Text (No Exception)

Ensure that all images of text are only used for decorative purpose or the text is essential to the information being conveyed.

Official Requirements

Success Criterion 1.4.9 Images of Text (No Exception) (Level AAA): Images of text are only used for pure decoration or where a particular presentation of text is essential to the information being conveyed.

Logotypes (text that is part of a logo or brand name) are considered essential.

Why is it required?

People with visual impairments and reading disabilities may find it difficult to understand images of text. An image of text refers to any readable text displayed inside an image to establish a certain visual style. Therefore, using text instead of graphic will help to convey information to AT users. 

Examples of images of text: Stylized headings, quotes, symbolic text characters etc. 

How do we fix it?

Same as Success Criterion 1.4.5: Images of Text

Are there any exceptions?

There is only one exception to this success criterion

  • When the image of text is considered essential. For example: Brand logos, brand name, etc.

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Aditya Bikkani

Aditya is the COO of AELData, a growing technology company in the Digital Publishing and Education sectors. He is also an entrepreneur and founder of an accessibility tool called LERA. A W3C COGA (Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility) Community Member Aditya contributes to researching methodologies to improve web accessibility and usability for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

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