14. Ensure that documents are clear and simple.

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Ensure that documents are clear and simple so they may be more easily understood.

Consistent page layout, recognizable graphics, and easy to understand language benefit all users. In particular, they help people with cognitive disabilities or who have difficulty reading. (However, ensure that images have text equivalents for people who are blind, have low vision, or for any user who cannot or has chosen not to view graphics.)

Using clear and simple language promotes effective communication. Access to written information can be difficult to impossible for people who have cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, or who are deaf. This consideration also applies to the many people whose first language differs from your own.

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Chuck Letourneau & Geoff Freed

W3C Web Accessibility Initiative

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