Friday 28 June 2002

Accessibility tip 09: Add link titles

Weblogs, by definition, link to other sites. Yet, as Mark Pilgrim points out, few bloggers take advantage of the fact that the anchor (<a>) tag can have a title attribute, whose value appears as a tooltip in visual browsers but can be presented in non-visual browsers too.
For example:

Using the title attribute of the anchor tag to describe the meaning and/or purpose of the link

Mark suggests which links might best benefit from titles. He also points to an AlertBox column by Jakob Nielsen called Using Link Titles to Help Users Predict Where They Are Going, in which Neilsen explains the importance of link titles and offers detailed guidelines for their use. Mark’s advice is a little simpler: don’t overindulge with link titles—in Web design, as in life, “all things in moderation.”

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