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Re: External Link Icons
From: Cliff Tyllick
Date: Sep 27, 2007 5:00PM
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Our agency requires them by policy. The icon includes a link to the
lawyers' mandated disclaimer.
Web development coordinator
Agency Communications Division
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
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I am not sure I have seen this issue discussed here, but perhaps it has
someone can send me to an archive or other location.
In any case, what is the consensus of opinion on the use of, what I am
calling, External Link Icons? These are those tiny icons placed next to
link on a website when the link goes to a URL that is "outside" of the
I noticed that WebAIM had used them extensively on many of their web
in the past, but seems to have scaled back their use. Here are some
where the icons are used:
There was also a nice explanation on this page
the background on using icons of various sorts. It seems that the
version of JAWS alerts users to the fact that the link is to an
site, but some older AT may not.
What is the current thinking on the use of this technique? I wouldn't
hearing both sides. And do people know of places where the use of
icons are required by law/policy?
John E. Brandt
Augusta, Maine USA