Links must have discernible text
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Link text (and alternate text for images, when used as links) must be discernible by a screen reader, must not have a duplicate label, and must be focusable.
The Algorithm, in Simple Terms
Ensures that every link has an accessible name
Why this is Important
Inaccessible link elements pose great barriers to accessibility, as they are a fundamental component of a website.
Users who rely exclusively on a keyboard (and no mouse) to navigate a webpage can only click on links that can receive programmatic focus. If a link cannot receive programmatic focus, it will be inaccessible to these users.
How to Fix the Problem
Ensure that all link names are accessible. It may be possible that the inner link text is not visible to a screen reader, that there are duplicate link labels, or that the link is not focusable.
Ensure all links can receive programmatic focus; for example, avoid device specific events (e.g.
- HTML 4