Link Text

WCAG 2.4.4

Screen reader users frequently resort to a list of links in the page to be able to orientate themselves.  In their report on a study with screen readers users, Theofanos and Redish (2006) said that "Screen-reader users scan with their ears."  After observing and interacting with 16 screen reader users who were blind, they recommended:

  • Making links descriptive.
  • Starting links with relevant keywords.
  • Starting links with different words that are relevant to the linked content.

Inside Iowa State has an article that explains the benefits for screen reader users and others of having clear text in links.  Also, SiteImprove, the monitoring and analytics vendor, shares a webinar on "Why ‘Click Here’ is Such a Bad Thing."