Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Links

Link Text

Link text needs to be descriptive and indicate to the user where the link will take them. It is also used by browsers to create bookmarks and by some assistive technologies to create an index of the page.

You may need to adjust your content to provide suitable link titles.

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Opening links in a new window

Links should open in the same window.

It is common practice to open links to external content in a new window, but this:

  • disrupts user progress through the content
  • can be confusing for some people with cognitive impairment
  • decreases speed for Screen Reader browsing
  • will not keep users on your site

Only open links in a new tab or window if:

  • There is a technical requirement for a new window eg. maintaining a secure session
  • It is usual browser behaviour for that type of content eg. accessing a PDF
  • A new window may enhance the User experience by providing content in a new window eg. additional information for an online form.
  • You indicate what will happen to the user

New Window Link Examples

Use of additional text: Visit this Really Great Site (opens in a new window)

<a href="#" target="_blank">Visit this Really Great Site (opens in a new window)</a>

Combination of different approaches: Visit this Really Great Site (opens in a new window)

<a href="#" class="external" target="_blank">Visit this Really Great Site</a> 
<span class="hide">Opens in a new window</span>

In this version an icon informs sighted users, while the additional text is hidden by CSS but still is available to screen readers.

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