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Re: underlining links


From: glen walker
Date: Sep 29, 2022 12:19PM

To add on to what Patrick said, when you ask if they "should" be
underlined, that's a bit subjective. If you're asking if they "must" be
underlined, then as Patrick said, WCAG does not require that.

Now whether they "should" be underlined depends on the context. Personally,
I like them underlined most of the time because I find them easier to spot
(for people that have vision). But there are cases where an underline
isn't necessary.

As an example, look at webaim.org. The main menu in the upper right is a
list of links. The links are not underlined. But the section below that
lists the services they offer, each service is a link and it is underlined
(and is a heading). But the "community" section to the right is also a
list of links but none of them are underlined (unless you tab to them or
hover over them).

So there's a mix of underlining and not.

Just be careful if you use color (1.4.1) to distinguish a link from the
text around it. That would be a failure but it doesn't mean the link must
be underlined.

On Thu, Sep 29, 2022 at 11:41 AM Patrick H. Lauke < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> On 29/09/2022 17:37, Jon Brundage via WebAIM-Forum wrote:
> > Raging debate today in my group: should all links be underlined? Is it a
> > WCAG success criteria?
> No, and no.
> --
> Patrick H. Lauke