Module 2: Checkpoint 20—Main content
Content must be left aligned.
For agency sites, the main content must use dark fonts on a white or light coloured background.
Benefits of conformance
- Increases readability.
Risks of non-conformance
- Justified content will appear differently on different browsers. Having large amounts of whitespace between words makes the content harder to read.
- Screen magnifiers (used by people with visual impairments) will magnify the whitespace as well as the text, which increases the difficulty level.
- Using dark backgrounds decreases readability.
Correct implementation: website uses a white background.
Correct implementation: Content box uses a white background, while the website uses a patterned background.
Incorrect implementation: Using a dark background with light text can reduce readability.
Languages that read left to right (such as English) must be left aligned. However if a website publishes content in other languages that read right to left (such as Arabic or Farsi), this content must be right aligned.