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Re: best method for linking to external sites


From: Michael.Moore@dars.state.tx.us
Date: Apr 13, 2011 2:30PM


Is there a reason that the icon needs to be a background image? It would appear to me that an image used to convey information should live in the informational layer of the page. This makes the solution simple, include the image in the link and add alternative text.

Mike Moore

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Subject: [WebAIM] best method for linking to external sites

Usability guidelines recommend indicating to users whether a link goes to an external site. I am wondering how screen reader users prefer that indication. For sighted users, I am considering a class applied in the anchor tag that applies an icon after the link. Since I cannot associate an alt value on a background image, and users configure to be read title tags are not (at least that's my understanding), I'm wondering the best way to indicate to the screen reader user that a link goes to an external site. Or is it even important? Do they get that from the href value?

Thank you,

Angela French
Internet Specialist
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges