Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Web Accessiblity Wednesday: Descriptive Link Text

This is part of a continuing series of web accessibility tips for IT personnel, web managers and web development groups. These tips can be used to review current website accessibility and to utilize in developing new websites with the hope of improving web accessibility for everyone.

Screen reader users often navigate a page by reading only the links. The link text (typically blue, underlined text) is read. The function of the link should be available from the link text itself. Ambiguous links, such as "click here", "more", etc. do not provide useful information to these users. The user must navigate or read the link's surrounding context to determine what they link does or where it goes. These ambiguous links should be avoided and can almost always be made clearer.
Example: Change "To perform a search, click here" to "Perform a search".

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