Rule LINK-1
Link text content must indeicate the target of the link.


Best Practice Type: Manual Check

Link text content must indeicate the target of the link.


  • The text content of a link can be hidden to make the link that might otherwise appear confusing to screen reader users unique and meaningful by using the following techniques:
    1. Include span or other element within the link to hide additional text content.
    2. Define alt attribute content for an img or area element.
  • The effective link text of links that contain images will include the alt attribute content, in the order of appearance in the document of the images, in addition to the text content of the link.
  • Automated validators will remove common default file names from a URI for the purpose of comparison, but maintain any additional URI information that follows the default file name. Examples of default file names are:
    1. index.& (i.e. index.html, index.htm, index.php, etc)
    2. default.& (i.e. default.html, default.htm, default.asp, etc)


a (HTML4)

[alt] (HTML4)

img (HTML4)

area (HTML4)

Associated Accessibility Guidelines and Standards

Guideline or
Requirement Priority Test
IITAA 9.1 Ensure that links are understandable out of context. Required Violation
Section 508 none none
WCAG 1.0 13.1 Clearly identify the target of each link. Required Violation
WCAG 2.0 1.1.1 Non-text Content Required Violation
2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) Required Violation
2.4.9 Link Purpose (Link Only) Required Violation


Evaluation Techniues

Testsuite Tests