Guide to good symbol content
What are symbol highlights?
A symbol highlight consists of three to six symbols which communicate the basic message of a passage of text. A highlight communicates the same amount of information as a newspaper article headline, in that it provides a very basic summary of the main message within the content, as a headline would for an article.
Where would symbol highlights be used?
As symbol highlights provide just the key message of a passage of text, they can also act as an effective tool for skim-reading. Including a highlight makes the document more accessible to struggling readers, who can use the symbols to understand the main message of the text. Symbol highlights are particularly effective in printed documents where space is limited, as they provide a degree of symbol support without taking up too much space or dramatically affecting the layout of the document.
Symbol highlights in a leaflet
Symbol highlights were used in a leaflet created by Witley Court and Gardens. The inclusion of a symbol highlight in the middle of each page allowed struggling readers to understand the main message, without the symbol support intruding for more confident readers.