Drafting IEC publications
Text in figures
The ISO/IEC Directives require textual elements to be placed in a key outside the figure. This avoids many difficulties during image editing and translation.
If this is impossible or impractical, ensure that the IEC Figures team is able to work with your text by, for example,
- putting text into a separate layer and sending us the original editable file, or
- following the method described in MS Word
Font and size
In general, use Arial 8pt for text in figures (9pt and 10pt are sometimes possible, depending on the context). Please ensure that this is the size of text in the final image. Resizing an image with integrated text changes the size of the text too, so please do not resize images once text has been applied in the correct size.
All text has to be clearly legible. Text on a white background should be in black.
Key, notes and footnotes to a figure
In addition to the key, notes or footnotes to a figure, translators are advised to include translations in a translation table just above the figure title.