Linking Effectively

Describe Links

You may be tempted to use the pervasive “click here” hyperlink. When you fill your page with “click heres,” a sighted user has to reread the surrounding text to remember which link is which. 

Reimagine the same scenario for a user of a screen reader. She has listened to the whole page and now wants to visit a link she heard a while back. Her screen reader can read a list of all links on the page! Except, on your page she hears a list like this: “click here, click here, click here, click here….” Which one was it? She has no choice but to listen to the page from the beginning. The result is a frustrated user or worse, a user who just won’t bother using your site anymore.

What's it Like To Use a Screen Reader? Try out a screen reader simulator. If you have a MAC, you can turn your built-it screen reader VoiceOver on or off by pressing command+F5.

When writing hyperlinks, it is more helpful to:

For example:

Examples of descriptive hyperlinks: “Learn more about Brandeis’ advising structure by visiting the *first-year advising page*.” and “To register, print out the *Enrollment Form* and send it to MS 122.”

Quick Tips for Linking