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URL Link Text

Link text associated with a Universal Resource Locator (URL). Link text needs to convey meaning outside of its context on the screen in order for screen reader users to make correct selections. For example, instead of using “click here” as link text, use “Week 1 assignment” to convey meaning.


Standard

  • Guideline 2.4 Navigable: Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are:
    • 2.4.9 Link Purpose (Link Only) (Level AAA)
      • The purpose of each link (or form image button or image map hotspot) can be determined from the link text alone.
      • There are no links (or form image buttons) with the same text that go to different locations.

Example of Standard in Action

Clearly describe the target of links with words rather than the webpage address or “click here”


Meaningful link text vs. Unclear link text:


Example of Issue

If you are the user of a screenreader and you are viewing a page with multiple links that have the same descriptive text, the meaning is unclear from the text alone.


Week 1 Assignments:
Read Chapter 1
To download Problem Set 1, click here

Week 2 Assignments:
Read Chapter 2
To download Problem Set 2, click here


Locating the Issue in Your Course

You will want to look through your course for each page that has link text. Read the link texts on each page and confirm that each one is unique and meaningful for all students taking the course.

Resources to Align With Standard

  • WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) provides web accessibility solutions to individuals with disabilities. Links provided will give you information about the different types of visual impairments, such as blindness, colorblindness and low vision and how to make the web more accessible to users with visual disabilities.

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