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Ambiguous link text

Remember, “click here”, “read more”, “details” etc. WCAG Success Criteria 2.4.4 allows an author to rely on the containing sentence, or paragraph, but it never worked for screen reader users when pulled up in a links list. We see what options actually do work in JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver. The competitors are:

  1. off screen supplementary text inside the anchor (2 votes)
  2. aria-label (0 votes)
  3. aria labelledby (15 votes) - Winner
  4. aria-describedby (3 votes)
  5. Wrap an anchor around everything (HTML5) (2 votes)
  6. just straight unambiguous text (3 votes)

Ambiguous Link Text Examples and Test Results.

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Author information:

David MacDonald is a veteran WCAG member, co-editor of Using WAI ARIA in HTML5 and HTML5 Accessibility Task Force Member. Opinions are my own.


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