Techniques for WCAG 2.0

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G91: Providing link text that describes the purpose of a link

Important Information about Techniques

See Understanding Techniques for WCAG Success Criteria for important information about the usage of these informative techniques and how they relate to the normative WCAG 2.0 success criteria. The Applicability section explains the scope of the technique, and the presence of techniques for a specific technology does not imply that the technology can be used in all situations to create content that meets WCAG 2.0.


All technologies that contain links.

This technique relates to:


The objective of this technique is to describe the purpose of a link in the text of the link. The description lets a user distinguish this link from links in the Web page that lead to other destinations and helps the user determine whether to follow the link. The URI of the destination is generally not sufficiently descriptive.


Example 1: Describing the purpose of a link in HTML in the text content of the a element

Example Code:

              <a href="routes.html">
                Current routes at Boulders Climbing Gym


No resources available for this technique.



For each link in the content that uses this technique:

  1. Check that text of the link describes the purpose of the link

Expected Results

If this is a sufficient technique for a success criterion, failing this test procedure does not necessarily mean that the success criterion has not been satisfied in some other way, only that this technique has not been successfully implemented and can not be used to claim conformance.