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Re: FW: non-underlined link - will bolding meet contrast requirement?


From: Jared Smith
Date: Jun 22, 2016 1:57PM

If the links are made bold, then they are no longer relying solely on
color to differentiate them from non-link text. Now bold is generally
less discernible than underline, and as Caitlin noted, bold can also
be used for emphasized text. While not optimal, I believe that bold
text (especially if used with sufficient contrast differences) would
be sufficient to meet the WCAG requirement for not relying on color

Bold text does not change the contrast ratio. WCAG does have a lower
foreground-to-background ratio threshold for text that is 14 point and
bold or larger, but this would not be applicable to the contrast
requirement (3:1 ratio) for links vs. surrounding text for
non-underlined links.