2.4.9 Link Purpose (Link Only) Level AAA

A mechanism is available to allow the purpose of each link to be identified from link text alone, except where the purpose of the link would be ambiguous to users in general.

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Testing & Remediation

How to test: To manually test this Success Criterion, open your website and check each link that is present on the site. Does the link text accurately and sufficiently describe the purpose of the the link without relying on any surrounding context? You can also test this using different assistive technologies, such as the JAWS screenreader or VoiceOver for Mac. For JAWS, press the Insert + F7 keys to display the list of links. In VoiceOver, press the Control + Option + U keys to bring up the web rotor. Use the right/left arrow keys to display the links menu. How to remediate: Depending on the way your site is built and the links that you have present, there are a number of different techniques to satisfy this Success Criterion. You can manually update your link text so that they are more accurate and the purpose is easy to understand. Please visit the W3C link above for more details about different techniques that can be used to satisfy this Success Criterion.

Questions and Answers

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