BEST PRACTICE: Revise "Click Here" Instances

Mar 14, 2014 Bookmark and Share

It was recently brought to our attention that there seems to be a significant increase in the use of "here" and "click here" links on various LSA websites. As we move forward with the transition to Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) software, we'd like content managers to begin reviewing your sites for not only outdated content, but also outdated practices like this one.

Using the words "click here" as hyperlinks is no longer best practice. Rather, it is becoming adverse practice, especially for users with visual disabilities who use auditory devices to help them navigate the web. It also harkens back to a time when users needed cues that a piece of content was a hyperlink. We all know what to do with a linked piece of content now and no longer need to be told to "click here," or that a piece of content is "here."

The following information is excerpted from an essay by Jacob Nielsen, a web usability expert, and gives some fundamental reasons to revise your current links:

"Good link text should not be overly general. Not only is this phrase device-dependent (it implies a pointing device) it says nothing about what is to be found if the link if followed. Instead of "click here", link text should indicate the nature of the link target, as in "more information about sea lions" or "text-only version of this page.

"Auditory users" - people who are blind, have difficulty seeing, or who are using devices with small or no displays - are unable to scan the page quickly with their eyes. To get an overview of page or to quickly find a link, these users will often tab from one link to the next or review a list of available links on a page."

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