Always use descriptive links
Links, no matter what kind, should always be able to be understood if read alone. Many screen readers have the option to read only the links on the page as a way of scanning a page. Do not use “Read More” or “Click Here” as your link. Make your links descriptive so the user can understand what they are clicking on or reading more about. These guidelines should also be followed when labeling button links.
Example: “Read more about our history” or “Click here for office hours”.
Never change the color or styling of links. The website should be programmed to make all links have a specific style of their own (best practice it to have links be an unique color and underlined) making them easily identifiable to people who depend on these styling features to find the links.
Always add document extensions to links such as (pdf) or (doc) when linking to a document. This allows the user to know that they are linking to downloadable file.
Example: “Download our holiday events brochure (pdf)”
Keep your readers on your site
Always check “Open link in new tab” if linking outside of your site.
- Highlight the content and select the chain link icon in your toolbar.
- Click the gear icon to open a pop up box.
- Enter the url and check the “Open link in new tab” box.
- Select the blue Add Link box at the bottom of the pop up box.