Hyperlinks also play a very important role in course resource accessibility. Hyperlinks are links from a hypertext file or document to another location or file. Linked information is typically presented in the form of text, websites, files, or video content. Accessible hyperlinks can be easily created. There are a few simple concepts to keep in mind as you link and name hyperlinks within the resources you provide to students.
Creating Accessible Hyperlinks
Watch the video below to learn about creating accessible hyperlinks.
Google Doc: Accessible Hyperlinks Video Transcript
Remember the following guidelines when creating hyperlinks. Attributes of accessible hyperlinks include:
- Concise and easy-to-read hyperlink text that clearly explains the content within the resource being hyperlinked
- Hyperlink text should not include the entire URL (except for resources likely to be printed, like a Word document)
- If the hyperlink leads to a file download, the text or image mentions this
- For web content, if the hyperlinked resource will open in a new tab (or window) of the browser, the text or image mentions this:
- Hyperlink text is underlined and colored differently from surrounding text
- Remember the guidelines for choosing accessible colors when selecting color for your hyperlink text
- Hyperlink text is usually blue, but you may use any color that contrasts sufficiently with surrounding colors
- Within a document or web page, be consistent with your choice of color for hyperlinks
Lesson 2 Assignments
Please complete the Lesson 2 Self-Check as well as contribute to the Lesson 2 Forum (both available in Moodle).
- Website: 15 Golden Rules for Website Developers by Gian Wild
- Video: Create Accessible Links in Word (2:09) by Microsoft
- Video: Descriptive Hyperlinks (5:07) by Syracuse University
To continue, select the Lesson 3: Overview button below.