Drafting IEC publications
Using text in figures
The ISO/IEC Directives require textual elements to be placed in a key outside the figure. This will avoid many issues during image editing and translation.
If this is impossible or impractical, please ensure that the IEC Figures team can work with the text later on, e.g. by putting text into a separate layer and sending us the original, editable file.
Notes accompanying a figure
If you put an image into a table cell or Word's Drawing canvas, please put any additional notes into a different table cell / outside the Drawing canvas.
Text in a figure has to be in Arial, size 8pt (9pt and 10pt may be acceptable, 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 well legible against the background. Text before a white background should normally be in black.