What are Hyperlinks?
Hyperlinks enable users to make connections between files and web pages. When creating hyperlinks, it is imperative to use descriptive text so users know what they are clicking on and where it will take them.
Examples using descriptive hyperlinks:
- Distance Education offers faculty training and development resources; visit the Distance Education Faculty Resources website (opens new window) to learn more.
- Are you interested in learning more about Quality Matters? Check out the Quality Matters website (opens new window) for more information on professional development opportunities, like the APPQMR Workshop.
- Avoid using generic language:
- Avoid using full URLs:
Why are descriptive hyperlinks important?
Descriptive links meet accessibility guidelines by improving navigation for screen readers and other technologies used by individuals who are visually impaired. Additionally, using desciptive hyperlinks makes it easier for users to understand where they will be taken when clicking on the link.
How Do I Create Accessible Hyperlinks?
- Microsoft Word & PowerPoint: Accessible Word and PowerPoint hyperlinks video (opens new window)
- D2L Brightspace: Create a descriptive link in D2L Brightspace website (opens new window)
- When creating accessible documents for print or distribution, include the URL of a
page in parentheses.
- Example: Austin Peay State University Distance Education Department (https://www.apsu.edu/online)