Link is Unclearly Labeled or Unlabeled

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Short Description

Link label is missing, vague, or misleading.

Long Description

  • Sometimes a link is just an icon or graphic without alt text. When a screen reader encounters an unlabeled link, it will try to find any information possible to associate with the link. It might simply say “graphic link,” or it might find a nonsense string of characters to associate, reading something like “img6374942.jpg link.” Neither of these labels is useful to the screen reader user.
  • When a link is unlabeled, a screen reader user might miss an important path or function. Sometimes they will ignore it, other times they will give it a try to see what it does. This is tedious.
  • Screen reading software has the ability to search for words in a page or to compile a list of elements such as links. This can be helpful in navigating content more quickly. Not properly labeling a link means a user cannot search for the link name or find it in a list of links.
  • When text associated with a link is unclear, it can confuse a user, especially when the user does not have contextual information.

Example of Issue

The following video demonstrates a screen reader user interacting with information that is only provided visually.

This is an example of a screen reader user navigating form fields that are properly labeled for the most part


  • Make sure all links are properly labeled in text.
  • If a link is an image or graphic, including if it is an image of text, use alternative text.
  • More information is available in the article Making Sure More than Eyes Can Detect an Element on the AUL site.



Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader
Screen Magnifier

Impacted Type of Device