Accessible Color Considerations for Charts, Graphs, and Infographics


Presented at 8:00am in Denver 1-3 on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.



  • Dax Castro, Accessible Document Specialist, Chax Training and Consulting

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


This session takes a deep dive into demystifying what "accessible colors" are. This session empowers designers to make confident color choices and eliminates the excuse of "accessibility has to be boring." We cover what tools you will need, how to evaluate color palettes, and how to audit current themes with time-saving ways to make small changes to bring them into compliance.


We have all heard that "accessible documents have to be boring" to pass compliance. The truth is that this is simply not the case. Attendees will learn the importance of color contrast, color perception, and color blindness, and how to apply these principles to create designs that are easy to read and navigate for all users. We cover color evaluation tools, color palettes, and color combinations, as well as best practices for designing for accessibility. Attendees will learn methodical workflows from a series of example design projects, and will also learn how to use tools and resources to test and improve the accessibility of their designs.


  1. Accessible document design does not have to be dull and boring.
  2. Understanding how colors work together is key in creating vibrant and accessible documents
  3. Being able to properly evaluate color choices empowers designers, not limits them.

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Dax Castro

Dax is an Adobe Certified PDF Accessibility Trainer, Accessible Document Specialist and member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. He has more than 25 years experience creating digital content using InDesign, Acrobat and other creative software. Dax specializes in user-centered accessibility approaches that push the envelope of technology to produce more robust accessible documents that still meet Section 508, WCAG 2.0/2.1 and PDF/UA compliance. Dax is also the co-host of the accessibility podcast Chax Chat streaming on all major podcast platforms.