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Re: Shortened URLs and screen readers


From: Moore,Michael (DARS)
Date: Apr 22, 2015 12:33PM

The link text should describe the destination of the link. In general using urls is not very helpful. For example "Web AIM Screen Reader Simulation" is easier to understand than http://webaim.org/simulations/screenreader or http://bit.ly/1PjiKmF

However if using twitter on a mobile device The following would be clear "Cool screen reader simulation at this url http://bit.ly/1PjiKmF" and would meet the requirement to have the destination of the link be understandable in context.

Mike Moore
Accessibility Coordinator,
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
(512) 424-4159 (Office)
(512) 574-0091 (Cell)

-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Steven M. Sawczyn
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:22 PM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Shortened URLs and screen readers

I don't see any issues with this, assuming that the link still has context. By itself, shortening a link doesn't introduce issues for screen readers.


-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Natalie Jean
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:15 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] Shortened URLs and screenreaders


I am interested in hearing perspectives about what the accessibility issues are for screenreaders when urls are shortened through sites like https://bitly.com/. Any suggestions for alternatives?


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