What would the Web be without hyperlinks? They allow us to jump from page to page and from site to site in search of useful information.
For many people who navigate the Web visually, skimming through text and discovering links in their natural contexts, it may come as a surprising that such a basic element as a hyperlink can pose a serious barrier to users who cannot see. Blind and low vision readers typically rely on screen reader software tools, which, fortunately, have the ability to read out a list of links on each page. This summary of links is a great time saver, but it has the disadvantage of separating links from the text in which they original appeared.
The “link text” you choose is very important. Link text such as “Click here” or “Read more” is not helpful to users who cannot see because it doesn’t tell them where the link goes, and because there may be more than one “click here” link on the page. On the other hand, link text such as “Declaration of Independence” and “Thomas Jefferson” are helpful because they are descriptive and succinct.