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.
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.