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Attachment B Specifications for Large Type 1. Base text size will be 18 pt., with proportionally larger headings and subheadings. 2. Minimal use of parentheses, italics, underlining, and boldface in text. 3. The typeface, size and spacing should be standardized on all State assessments, including print contained in charts, graphs, maps, tables and other graphics and visual stimuli, using a serif-free typeface. 4. Spacing between lines of print is at least 1.25 spaces. 5. Headings and subheadings are larger and bolder than regular print text. 6. Paragraphs are block-style and use 1-inch margins. The left margin should be justified, and the right-hand margin should not be justified. There should be no first-line indentations to delineate paragraphs. 7. No multiple columns or divided (hyphenated) words. 8. Highlights Helvetica, a sans serif font, to replace existing primary text fonts (New Century Schoolbook, New Caledonia). 9. Block-style paragraphs without indentations, single column to a page, 1-inch margins, flush left/“ragged right” justification. 10. Solid black type, no shades of gray. 11. Black print on white, ivory, cream or yellow paper with a dull finish so as not to promote glare. 12. Avoid text used over a background design or other graphical material. 13. Photographs, political cartoons, and other graphics (especially maps) should be chosen to ensure the best possible visibility in terms of contrast, spacing, and legibility of print labels (again, using a serif-free typeface). Avoid clutter on the page. 14. Graphic materials, such as maps, graphs and charts also adhere to type size, font and other large print guidelines. 15. Full-color or high-quality black line art, rather than gray-scale or shaded drawings. 16. Graphics modified to eliminate or minimize gray shades and fills, increase contrast, enlarge type. 17. Page layouts keep any reference art - maps or illustrations - together on a spread with the related questions (to avoid flipping). 18. Artist credits and other copyright information that typically appear right below graphics, illustrations and other visual stimuli shall be moved to a clearly delineated section at the bottom of the page or to an appendix whenever it is determined that such material is not relevant to the student’s understanding of the item itself. 19. If staple binding is utilized, staples shall be placed along the spine side (instead of at the upper left corner). This will make it easier for students to manipulate the pages and to maintain continuity, as almost all large print editions of State assessments are two sided documents, produced as back-to-back copies.
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