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Sight Impaired

Transport written question – answered on 12th January 2009.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Department for Transport

The general publishing policy guidance for the Department for Transport staff producing printed material for people with visual disorders highlight the need to avoid light typefaces, use of 14 pt type and maximising contrast of colours as much as possible.

Specific guidance related to red/green colour blindness include using where possible; dark colours on light background; increased contrast between colours and type; use of stripes, hatching etc in place of colours; avoidance of red/green adjacent to each other.

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