Vellum Accessible Styles apply formatting that supports a diverse range of reading abilities. Accessible Styles can be used in any size book, including Large Print.
Selecting Accessible Styles
You can find Vellum’s Accessible Styles by selecting the Accessible category:
Accessible Style Qualities
To improve readability, Accessible Styles automatically make a number of changes from standard Styles.Headings
- Are left-aligned (rather than centered)
- Use mixed case (rather than all caps)
- Uses a sans serif font
- Separates paragraphs via spacing (rather than indentation)
- Uses ragged-right alignment (rather than justified)
- Disables hyphenation
- In print, uses a larger font size and line spacing
Accessible Styles have limited access to some decorative style features:
- First Paragraph options like drop caps are disabled
- Heading Backgrounds are not available
- Caption and Verse styles do not include any italic options
Accessible Style Options
Vellum currently offers two accessible style options. Both incorporate all of the features listed above, but use different fonts for heading and body text.
The Dyslexic style is built around the OpenDyslexic font, which is designed to assist with common symptoms of dyslexia.
OpenDyslexic’s signature look comes from the heavier weight at the bottom of letters, which can help readers keep these figures upright and distinguish top from bottom:
The Legible style uses Atkinson Hyperlegible, a font released by Braille Institute.
Atkinson Hyperlegible is a clean, easy-to-read typeface that goes to great lengths to differentiate letterforms that otherwise may look similar:
Because of the increase to font size and spacing, including space between each paragraph, and disabling hyphenation, using an Accessible Style will often increase the page count of your print edition. You can check your book’s page count in Print Settings.