Partial stop words
If the following words are used as the hyperlink text alone, it will be flagged as an error. If used with other text, it will not be flagged as an error.
Using any of the words above on it's own will result in an error since it's not descriptive enough.Learn more
However if used with additional text, it will not be flagged as an error.Learn more about Ryerson
Link text best practices
If hyperlinks contain any of the following words or characters within a hyperlink, it will be flagged as an error.
Hyperlink contains descriptive text, although it will still be flagged as an issue since 'click here' is a stop word:
Click here to view Ryerson's programs
It's very common for content authors to use HTML symbols for visual aesthetics, especially on a button link.About Ryerson >
It's also very annoying to hear a really long URL being read out character-by-character using a screen reader. https://www.ryerson.ca/programs/undergraduate/accounting-finance/
Although if the URL is not too long, let's not flag it. https://www.ryerson.ca/programs
Hyperlinks with ARIA
Hyperlinks featuring an aria-label or aria-labelledby attribute will be indicated as a pass and show the accessible label conveyed to assistive technology.
The following link uses an ARIA label.Learn more
The following link uses an ARIA labelledby attribute.Learn more
Links with aria-hidden are always ignored.
ARIA labelledby attribute doesn't start with visible label.Learn more
- Usability: Should links open in new windows? (Source: Smashing Magazine)
- Usability: Beware of opening links in a new window. (Source: webcredible)
- Accessibility: Opening new windows and tabs from a link only when necessary. (Source: W3/WCAG 2.1)
- Accessibility: Giving users advanced warning when opening a new window. (Source: W3/WCAG 2.1)
Links that open in a new tab without warning
aria-label with warning text.Learn more
aria-labelledby with warning text.Learn more
Warning: aria-label without warning text.Learn more
Warning: aria-labelledby without warning text.Learn more
Warning: Plain text example.
Learn more about Google.
Pass: Plain text example with visually hidden warning.
Learn more about Google. (Opens new tab).