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Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers by Sarah Horton

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Chapter 10. Links

Links are to the web as a steering wheel is to a car: they enable users to navigate their course through hypertext documents. Like a car without a steering wheel, a Web page without links is of little service. When using the Web, we spend much—even most—of our time following links. Therefore, links must be functional and usable.

Links are best displayed as text. Although images can be used for links, they are not flexible, which means that people who need a customized view may not be able to access image links. Additionally, image links without alt-text are virtually useless to nonvisual users because they do not provide descriptive information in a format that is machine-readable (Figure 10.1). Given that text is the most accessible ...

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