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Anchored links

Hi all,

Just wondering how everyone is indicating anchor links throughout their online content. I’ve read a bit of conflicting information. We’ve realised we don’t currently indicate when the link is on-page and are concerned this may be confusing for some users who expect to be taken to a different page. The other concern is that if we write it like the below, then a screen reader will read out that it’s on this page twice.

For example: “See additional resources (on this page)” - assuming additional resources is the anchor link.

Does anyone have any insight about best practice/ the most accessible way to do this? How is everyone else approaching anchor links?

Thanks,
Carlin

Hi Carlin,

Depending on settings/software, some screen readers will identify if a link is an anchor and use ‘in-page link’ instead of just ‘link’.

We generally identify our in page nav using a heading ‘On this page’ or similar, but if linking to another section in context of a sentence it’s difficult to make the clear without possibly repeating info for someone on a screen reader.

Our process is to link in context and rely on a screen reader to identify it as in-page e.g. “For more information, refer to #additional resources#” but agree that might not be clear to users with cognitive disabilities.

I’d suggest options would be to link after your reference: "For more information, refer to additional resources (Jump to #additional resources#).

or use a standard phrase to indicate anchor links: "For more information, jump down to #additional resources#.

It’s a bit of a catch-22.

Cheers,

Jess.