What follows is an example of a descriptive link, as well as two less descriptive ways text is often hyperlinked. The link used for all three examples is the home page of the DCCCD website.
Descriptive links are best practice for online and digital text because they provide a clear, concise description of the page they will load.
How Do I Create Descriptive Links?
If your materials will be distributed in hard copy as well as digitally, it can be helpful to include the full text of the URL along with the descriptive link.
Example Link Text for Hard Copy Distribution:
Web Accessibility Guidelines (https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/)
In the above example, note that the full text of the URL is not a clickable hyperlink.
Tip: If the full text of the URL is very long, you can use a URL shortener like
Bitly or TinyURL to create much shorter links to the same content. If your document has a number of links, it may be helpful to include a short link to the entire document so that readers only need to manually enter one URL.