What do we mean?

Accessible means something is usable by as many people as possible, regardless of their cognitive, physical or cultural situation.

We have a responsibility as educators, as humans and by law to make content digitally accessible.

Links, hyperlinks or URLs are shortcuts that can take you to a different document or webpage.

Accessible Links

Links are a powerful feature of digital documents and webpages. They can be used to highlight resources and simplify navigation for users if their functionality is clear to all users.

What should I do?

  • Links need an accurate and descriptive title so it is easy to understand what the link is about and where it is going
  • Use links to help users navigate through a document or webpage.
  • Avoid using "opens in new tab/window" (even if it is possible in Moodle!).

Why do it?

  • Users with blind or low vision may lack the contextual information to understand what a "click here" link means. Screen reader users will often scan through the links in a document or webpage to find where to go next.
  • Screen readers sometimes read out URLs one letter at a time - instead descriptive text functioning as a link avoids this.
  • For users with autism, meaningful and precise links can remove confusion around navigation.
  • For all users, descriptive links remove ambiguity and ease navigation in a document or webpage.

Activity: review the link text

Read the scenario and find the mistakes with the different link text wordings.

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Updated on: 8 September 2022