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Accessibility rule: Word spacing does not meet minimum requirement, explained

Modified on: Tue, 21 Feb, 2023 at 3:42 PM

Making sure that written content has proper word spacing improves the readability of the text and helps users consume information efficiently. Users should therefore be able to adjust word spacing on the page without any loss of content or functionality.

Who is impacted by this barrier?

If there is not enough space between words, people with low vision, dyslexia, or other types of learning and cognitive disabilities may find the text hard to read. Without proper spacing, words can appear crowded making it difficult to identify one word from the other.

How does the rule work?

The word-spacing property in CSS increases or decreases the white space between words. This rule checks that the style  attribute is not used to prevent adjustment of word-spacing by using the !important property except if it's at least 0.16 times the font size. You can read more about this rule in the technical documentation.

The !important  rule in CSS is used to add more importance to a property or a value. In fact, when the !important rule has been set , it will override any other styling rule. 

How do I fix the issue?

Word spacing should be set to at least 0.16 times the font size if the !important rule has been used.

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