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A link is a type of UI control that performs one or more of the following behaviours:

  • Takes the user to another web page
  • Jumps to another location within the same web page
  • Performs specialized UI functionality determined by client side scripting (JavaScript)

The link element is <a>

Link text

Provide link text inside either the:

Ensure independent context of link text. Additional context can be established using either:

Use consistent link text for all links which perform the same function.

Note: Independent context means that the purpose of the link can be determined from the link text alone or other elements with a programmatically determinable relationship with the link.

Repeated navigation links

When a group of links are repeated on multiple web pages:

Finding web pages

When establishing navigation on a web site, provide either a:

Important: Links have additional requirements because they are a type of UI control.

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