For people with dyslexia, it is difficult to read a text if the layout is not specifically dyslexic-friendly. In this section we will discuss the most common problems and solutions.
Massive blocks of text on one page. The prospect of having to read so much text has an intimidating effect on people with dyslexia.
Solution: divide the text into several paragraphs and don’t make the text column wider than six to nine words.
Very long sentences. Persons with dyslexia tend to get lost in such a large amount of text.
Solution: divide the text into several columns. Every column should contain an average of nine words. Make sure there is enough space between the columns, to prevent readers from reading on from one column to the other.
Lots of different texts on one page, as in newspapers. For people with dyslexia, the layout will appear totally confusing; they will have difficulty recognizing individual parts of text.
Solution: make sure to leave enough space between the lines and around the separate text sections. Also make sure to create enough space between the text and the pictures, otherwise the reader will be distracted.
The page looks like a single block of letters. As a result, all the lines look similar. A person with dyslexia won’t be able to remember the last word he read.
Solution: always align the text to the left. Never align the text to the right and never center the text, because in that case it is difficult for dyslectics to see where the next line starts.