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6.9 Ambiguous Links for Screen Readers

Affected Group: Persons with Seeing Difficulties

Many websites use links such as "More information" or "Learn more" and have these links for various pieces of content. Although this works for sighted users, people using screen readers will be confused about which link is which. They may discover there are several "More information" links but not know what the links point to.

Websites should use description links in this case. Instead of just stating "More information", a link should state "More information about product XYZ" so that the user knows where the link will go to just by reading the text.

Note how the links below effectively describe what the links are about and any user will easily be able to understand the difference between the three links.

A website sample containing 3 descriptive links.