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    Can we make the default text for both editing and the default site theme sans-serif? This would improve accessibility for people with dyslexia. (More info below)

    Can we make the default text on wordpress.org and wordpress.com a sans-serif type of font (ex. Arial, Calibri, Verdana, Helvetica, Avenir)? For people with dyslexia, serif fonts (ex. Times New Roman, Georgia, Baskerville, Garamond, Rockwell) are harder to read than sans-serif fonts. This fix would make both editing and reading any WordPress site much easier for many people. I have noticed on my wordpress.com site that, although I set the text on my published site to be sans-serif, the text in my editor is still a serif font. I would make this change myself, but I don’t know how to code. (Hopefully, I will have time to learn some day–teacher schedules are insane.)

    As a note on my background: I do not have dyslexia myself. I am an educator who has studied this topic and worked with students with dyslexia. I also had a job editing documents to make them web accessible according to section 508** guidelines. I would love to have input on these suggestions from people with dyslexia.

    Other helpful changes:
    1) Provide a notice when users choose a serif-type font — I would love for users to receive a notice when they choose a serif type font that says choosing a serif font may make it more difficult for some users to read. From my understanding of how font types affect people with dyslexia, using a serif font will not have as much of an effect in headings because the size of the text is so much bigger, and it tends to only have one line of text instead of multiple.

    2) Accessible Themes Sticker/Search — Add a tag for accessible themes, give priority to accessible themes in the search bar (they would show up at the top of any search), and add an accessible sticker to the top right corner of all accessible

    3) Accessible Type/Font Button — This one would be a lot harder, but would be very helpful. Site readers would have the option to change all font to a sans-serif type (I really like open sans, but another sans-serif font would work just as well). Other things this button could do to help would be to space lines apart (auto double space), and to automatically make the minimum font size 12pt (which is the suggested minimum according to section 508** guidelines).

    **”Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. § 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220) requires federal agencies to develop, procure, maintain and use information and communications technology (ICT) that is accessible to people with disabilities – regardless of whether or not they work for the federal government.” Definition taken from https://www.epa.gov/accessibility/what-section-508

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