Accessible Links



Using descriptive text in links helps people with dyslexia, cognitive disabilities and people who rely on screen readers to scan for important content.

Well-defined links also make content more discoverable and easier to navigate for all.


How to


Be descriptive

  • Write link text so that it describes the content of the link target. The purpose of the link should be clearly displayed.
  • Avoid using link text like, ‘click here’ or ‘read more’. 
  • Links should make sense out of context since tabbing from link to link is a way of skimming content with a screen reader. Use phrases like, “Chat with an agent”, “Services and resources”, or “Sign up to receive our newsletter.”
  • Note the document type in the link, for example, ‘Proposal Documents (PDF)’.

Resources for State of Colorado Agencies

Siteimprove: Siteimprove’s software helps to improve State website usability and accessibility by automating the process of finding errors and problems. Siteimprove alone will not make websites accessible but is part of a holistic approach to managing web services.

For questions about using Siteimprove or Siteimprove Academy, please contact Theresa Montano, OIT Solutions Architect of Accessibility at

Don't have access to Siteimprove? Use these free browser extensions:

Siteimprove Academy, Siteimprove (Requires a login)

To request accessibility testing: