2.4.4 Link Purpose – In Context (Level A)

Write your anchor link text so it’s clear to users what the linked page is about.

What you need to know

  • Anchor text is comprised of the words you attach to a link.
  • Keep in mind that the whole point of link text is to let the user know where they are headed if the click on it.
  • This success criterion allows for more ambiguous link text, so long as the preceding text provides context for the link.
  • This is actually one of the more common accessibility failures of websites, but the good news is it’s one of the easiest things to fix.

What you need to do

  • Use keywords that have meaning when you’re creating links.
  • Don’t use terms like “click here” and “learn more.”
  • Write link descriptions that are easy to read and keep your anchors concise.
  • Be sure to write useful alt text when linking images.
  • Don’t create redundancy.


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Related Resource

Check out our blog post “Writing Meaningful Link Text” for more information about this success criterion.