West Texas A&M University
Universal Design for Online Materials

Meaningful Link Text

Many screen readers give users the option to read just the links on the page. It is important that text for inserted links describe a specific destination. Avoid generic terms like "click here" and "read more."


**Please note: These examples do not contain actual links. They are made to look like they use links.

Unclear Link Text Examples

  • Click here for instructions on how to submit your assignment.
  • Learn more about how to submit your assignment and how to check your grades here and here
  • Article 1 (Read More) | Article 2 (Read More)
  • Assignment 1 (Submit) | Assignment 2 (Submit)

Usable Link Text

Guidelines for In-Text Links

These guidelines apply to links embedded within the text of a document or a Web page.

  • Write links that make sense out of context. Use descriptive link text detailing the destination; not just “click here,” or other similar phrases.
  • Link text should be made up of phrases rather than single words, so that users with limited motor control will not have difficulty hitting links.
  • Maintain the standard that text links are underlined and are a different color value (lighter or darker) than the main text. This provision will help colorblind users find links more easily, and is good usability practice.
  • If you use an image to create links, make sure the destination is included as an image alternative text.

More information:

For more information on alternative text and descriptions, please visit WebAIM’s Links page.