Guide to good symbol content
What are symbol summaries?
Where would a symbol summary be used?
Due to symbol summaries taking up more space than key symbols and symbol highlights, they are particularly appropriate at providing symbol support to web content, where space is likely to be less limited than in printed documents.
Including a symbol summary is the ideal way to provide symbol support for existing text that cannot be simplified or altered due to the original text needing to remain in its entirety, such as a document that is intended to be an inclusive document for a wider audience, rather than exclusively for symbol readers or for non-symbol readers, or content that contains legal or other important information that cannot be reworded.
Summaries in a document
Symbol summaries were used in a document produced by Power Employment explaining how the organisation would be using personal information in relation to the Data Protection Act.As this information needed to be accessible to everyone, symbol summaries were used to enable less confident readers to understand the main messages. The simply-written symbol summaries are separate from the unsymbolised text, meaning that this unsymbolised text did not need to be reworded.