Version: WCAG 2.0 and up
Number: 1.4.6
Level: AAA
  • Text
  • Images of Text

The visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 7:1, except for the following:

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Large Text

Large-scale text and images of large-scale text have a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1;


Text or images of text that are part of an inactive user interface component, that are pure decoration, that are not visible to anyone, or that are part of a picture that contains significant other visual content, have no contrast requirement.


Text that is part of a logo or brand name has no contrast requirement.



The purpose of this success criterion is to ensure that users with moderately low vision (approximately 20/80) can discern the text from its background.

How to Meet

Authors must ensure that the contrast ratio between text (including images of text) and backgrounds is at least 7:1.

Additional Information

The following knowledge base pages provide more information about how to address this success criterion for publishing content: