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Re: "read more" links

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From: Jared Smith
Date: Mar 29, 2012 5:04PM


Ambiguous links are problematic for all users. Everyone must scan
before or after the link to determine its function. This is typically
more difficult for screen reader users.

WCAG 2.0 allows ambiguous links as long as the purpose of the link can
be found in the link's context. There is a Level AAA requirement that
all links must make sense all by themselves.

With all this said, if a "Read more" link is necessary and adding more
descriptive text to that link would be clearly repetitive to nearby
text, this could actually decrease it's accessibility for most users.
One option is to simply remove the link and have a preceding heading
be a link to the expanded content. Most users understand this
convention. Another option is to add off-screen, explanatory text to
the "Read more" link for screen reader users.

Jared Smith
WebAIM.org