Writing links the right way
Links are an easy way to help users navigate through content on a website, in a document, or to signpost your readers to additional relevant sources of information.
They work best when written in a descriptive way.
Why do they need to be descriptive?
People who use screen readers sometimes might read the content of the page and then bring up a menu of the links separately to tab through and visit afterwards.
This menu would only show the list of link titles and they would be out of context away from the full text they were originally part of.
How to do it
Do not used repeated link titles such as 'click here' or 'find out more'
If you named all your links 'click here' or 'find out more' that is all they would see repeated in their list.
Links therefore need to be given a clear and accurate title so it can be easily identified what the link is about, and where the link is going to.
Do not use the full web address
A long http web address link like this:
Would read out on a screen reader menu as:
www dot worcestershire dot gov dot uk forward slash info forward slash 2 0 7 9 4 forward slash sculpt underscore for underscore accessibility forward slash 2 2 2 9 forward slash sculpt underscore for underscore accessibility forward slash 5
If you had a long list of links that all read out in this way it would be very unhelpful.
The best way to write it is how you would say it
When written as ordinary text a screen reader would read the link as it is titled 'Sculpt for Accessibility'
Here are some instructions to create accessible hyperlinks in Microsoft Word (opens in a new window)
Video: Create accessible links in Word
The transcript for this video is available from Microsoft Office create accessible links in Word (opens in a new window)
For accessible features in other Microsoft products please visit Microsoft accessibility video training (opens in a new window)