Laws and Regulations
- All letters and
numerals must be raised 1/32". Symbols do not need to be tactile.
- All letters are
to be upper case.
- All signs must
include Grade 2 Braille messages and tactile messages where approprate.
- The minimun copy
height for wall mounted signs is 5/8" but not larger than 2". 2" letters
to be used for floor designnation at elevators.
- Typeface to be
san serif or simple serif.
- Condensed or
extended types might not comply.
- Mounting Height
(except directories) will be 60" to center line from finished floor.
- Contrast between
copy and background colors is suggested to be at least 70%.
- The finish for
both text and background shall be matte, eggshell or other non-glare
- For "Other Signs"
which provide direction to, or information about, functional spaces
of the building, lower case letters are permitted.
- For orerhead
Signs, overhead and flag mounted signs mounted above 66" are not required
to have Bralle/tactile characters, but must comply with all other
rules. The minimum copy height fjor these signs is 3". As measured
using the capital "X". Head room will be 80" minimum. Both upper and
lower case characters are premitted.
- There are no
specifications on how and where the text and Grade 2 Brille should
be located with respect to each other. Consistency in placement of
these elements should exist throughout a facility sign system. Genral
opinion favors braille just below and flush left with copy it translates.
- Grade 2 Braille
shall be raised a minimim of .019".
- Permanent rooms
may ues numbers as the identification system. Therefore, a conference
room may be designated Room 1, and can simply have the tactile text
and Grade 2 Braille characters for the numersl 1.
- Pictorials are
not required to be raised. More than one pictorial can be used in
the 6" minimum vertical feild.
- Horizontal displays
such as maps or books must be located 44" or less from the floor.
- Raised Borders
around sings with tactile elements may cause confusion. Borders where
used must be located a sufficent distance from the tactile elements
to avoid contusion.
- The sign cannot
ptortude more than 4" from the wall mount.
- Display and written
information that are free standing must be visible to a seated person.
- Areas of rescue
assistance require illumination only when the facility exit signs
- Common building
signage not requiring tactile and braille are directional, informational
and regulatory (e.g.-No Smoking) messages