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MEANINGFUL LINKS

February 2, 2017

When it comes to navigating the web from a visual users perspective, it is easier to understand what we are clicking on when it comes to links. Even for a visual user it can be overwhelming when the webpage is inundated with "click here's", or even full length webpage links with unnecessary text in the link. When creating links that are both visually appealing, less confusing, and accessible for  users navigating the web with assistive technology, it is important to use meaningful links. For example, if a screen reader user is listening to the navigation of links and they all say "click here", that would not allow the user to know where they will be navigating to one the link is clicked. It would also be overwhelming if the screen reader read the full web page link to the user. A meaningful link would consist of just as it sounds, something meaningful, something that is going to let the visual user and the user using assistive technology know right where they will end up. A good way to create a meaningful link is by hyperlinking the full web link and shortening the link to something simple, such as the title of the web page.

 

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