1.8 Pictures, Tables, Graphs, Charts

If done properly, using images (photographs, pictures, drawings) and other non-text elements such as tables, graphs and charts can make a document easier to read and understand.

General rules

  • Pictures and drawings should always be relevant to the text so that they enhance understanding. Unrelated illustrations are distracting.
  • In easy-read documents – aimed at people with learning disabilities or with little knowledge of English – images should be placed to the left of the related text.
  • Tables, graphs and charts should be simple and clearly labelled.
  • The font and point size should be in-line with SAIF recommendations.
  • All non-text elements should be placed clear of the text for good contrast.