Saturday, January 22, 2005

whitehouse.gov has a bad case of the "click here's"

I was on the White House web site this afternoon. There is a box on the web site that highlights Inauguration Day. They have a link that you can click on that will take you to video of the Inaugural Day festivites but the link is "click here." I would have expected better from the White House. That link is going to make absolutely no sense out of context.

Click here to watch the inauguration, view photos, and learn more.


The W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are pretty specific about making sure that links make sense out of context.

WCAG Checkpoint 13.1


13.1 Clearly identify the target of each link. [Priority 2]
Link text should be meaningful enough to make sense when read out of context -- either on its own or as part of a sequence of links. Link text should also be terse.


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