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Write Descriptive Link Text

You likely know that underlined text on a digital document typically signifies a hyperlink to another resource. Did you know, though, that the text used for that link can affect user experience?

Review the following example. What might cause problems for a user viewing this content?

Example: To access the IDC website, click here. You may also read more about the IDC staff. Finally, view the IDC workshop schedule at http://idc.eku.edu/online-teaching-and-learning-workshops.

Screen reader users often choose shortcuts to determine headings, list items, and links on a webpage. Below is an illustration of what these links will sound like to the screen reader user. As you can imagine, such link text is of no benefit to the user.

Link text using a JAWS screen reader shortcut, with links "click here," "read more," and complete URL

Below is the example from above, remediated with descriptive text for each link. Note how much more meaningful and helpful the link text is for the user of a screen reader!

Example, remediated: Access the IDC website. You may also read more about the IDC staff. Finally, view the IDC workshop schedule.

Link text using a JAWS screen reader shortcut, with purposeful, in-context link text

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