Highlight Link List
The Highlight Link List component is a wonderful way to provide your visitor a brief snippet of written content, a large visual aide, and several options to link content to engage the visitor.
In the example on the right, you will notice that there is a large image, as well as several links underneath a brief content area.
The Highlight Link List component provides the visitor with an opportunity to associate imagery with written content and then delve deeper into the “information scent trail” by clicking on the different links. By using this component, you will entice the visitor to head deeper into the sub-content of your site.
Titles are required in most components to comply with the rule that headings H1-H6 must be used before a section of content to describe its context. You may select the “Hide Title” option if you don’t want it displayed; however, a site visitor using a screen reader will hear those titles. This means that titles should be descriptive and unique. If you only enter “Title,” for example, the user will hear “title, title, title,” etc. as they tab through your content blocks. They will have no context to know if that is information they should read.
Image Alt Text
Alt text should describe the image for visually impaired users who visit your website and for those whose browsers block images. The text should give a brief description of the image. DO NOT USE phrases like “image of,” “picture of,” or “screenshot of” in your ALT Text. In addition, text within the image itself cannot be read by a screen reader. That text should be included in the alt text, a caption, or other text near the image.
Text links in your content should not use a URL as the link text. The link should have meaningful text rather than using “click here” or “read more.” Instead, use the page title or a description of the page where the link leads.
Link text that is in context with the content where it is pointing gives all users better information about the purpose of the link.
Users interact with links in various ways, including:
- Screen reader users can generate a list of links and navigate them alphabetically. Redundant or ambiguous link text such as “More” is meaningless in this context.
- Users of speech recognition technology can select a link with a voice command like “click” followed by the link text. Therefore it is also helpful to use unique link text that is short and easy to say.
- Users who don’t need assistive technology often skim and scan your content, and a link that gives more context can prompt them to click through to the content they seek.
- Meaningful link text may often align with key terms or phrases used by people searching for your site. Using them for link text may improve your SEO.