Future Media Standards & Guidelines

Colour and meaning

Information conveyed with colour must also be identifiable from context or markup.


Users who are blind, have low vision, or have colour blindness may not be able to differentiate content (lines on a chart) or states (selected tabs) if colour alone is used.

Alternatives must be provided for both sighted and non-sighted users, for example a table equivalent of a chart and lines differentiable with different styles (dashed, dotted, etc.).




Procedure Expected Result Type
Locate every image or element that uses colour to convey meaning. Check visually and with a screen reader For each use of colour to convey meaning there must be alternative visual and non-visual means of accessinging the same information Manual / Tool

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