So, you want to make your hyperlinks accessible? There are a few rules about hyperlinks for text. These exist because of how they interact with assistive technology. You can also apply hyperlinks to images and other elements.
Things to avoid
- Full urls like http://www.theaccessibilityguy.com
- Vague language like Click here and More info
How does a screen reader interact with a link?
It depends on the software but JAWS will pull up a list of links that a user can select from. The list is generated by the on screen text that is the link. It is important that your links are clear and concise and tell the user where they are going before they are interacted with.
Video walkthrough of how to make hyperlinks accessible in Microsoft Word
Text overview of how to make hyperlinks accessible in Microsoft Word
- Select the text you want to make a link
- Right click and select Link
- Enter in an address
- Select Ok