Element

a

Error Type

Potential

Guidelines

  • BITV 1.0 (Level 2)
    Guideline GroupLevel 1
    Guideline Subgroup13.1 Clearly identify the target of each link.
  • WCAG 1.0 (Level AA)
    Guideline GroupPriority 2
    Guideline Subgroup13.1 Clearly identify the target of each link.
  • WCAG 1.0 (Level AAA)
    Guideline GroupPriority 2
    Guideline Subgroup13.1 Clearly identify the target of each link.
  • WCAG 2.0 (Level A)
    Guideline Group2.4 Navigable: Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are.
    Guideline SubgroupSuccess Criteria 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (A)
  • WCAG 2.0 (Level AA)
    Guideline Group2.4 Navigable: Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are.
    Guideline SubgroupSuccess Criteria 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (A)
  • WCAG 2.0 (Level AAA)
    Guideline Group2.4 Navigable: Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are.
    Guideline SubgroupSuccess Criteria 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (A)

Requirement

Link text is meaningful when read out of context.

Error

Link text may not be meaningful.

Short Description

All a (anchor) elements that contains any text will generate this error.

How To Determine

Question Is this link text meaningful when read alone (out of context)?
PASS Link text is meaningful when read alone (out of context).
FAIL Link text is not meaningful when read alone (out of context).

Steps To Check

Procedure

1. Check each a (anchor) element that contains one or more characters.
2. View the link text and confirm that it is meaningful when read out of context.

Expected Result

1. Link text is meaningful when read out of context.

Failed Result

1. Modify the link text so it makes sense when read out of context.

Examples

Pass Examples

Link text is meaningful when read out of context.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
<head>
<title>OAC Testfile - Check #19 - Negative</title>
</head>
<body>
<p>We have more information about <a href="dogs.html">dogs</a></p>
</body>
</html>

Fail Examples

Link text is not meaningful when read out of context.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
<head>
<title>OAC Testfile - Check #19 - Positive</title>
</head>
<body>
<p>We have more information <a href="dogs.html">about</a> dogs.</p>
</body>
</html>

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