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.
- 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, please contact the Technology Accessibility Program at OIT_Accessibility@state.co.us.
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State of Colorado Accessibility Statement
§24-85-103, C.R.S. - "Accessibility standards for individuals with a disability", (PDF)
TS-OEA-001: Technology Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, (PDF)
TS-OEA-002: Technology Accessibility for Web Content and Applications, (PDF)
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section508.gov