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Digital Accessibility

Link Missing Accessible Name / Link Missing a Text Alternative

Links should always have a text alternative, or an accessible name, so that assistive technology users can understand the purpose of the link. If your link has visible text, then that text acts as the link's text alternative. If you have an image that is linked, then the image's alt text acts as the link's text alternative.

How to Fix Links Missing Display Text

For links in the CMS that you add within the edit toolbar, make sure that you provide display text. If you choose to remove your link, use the "remove link" button in the toolbar. Removing the display text without removing the link itself leaves an empty link hanging out in your content that is still reachable by assistive technology users.

If you find that you have this issue on your web page, you will need to select the link in your page editor and either remove the link from the page or add display text

How to Fix Linked Images Missing Alt Text

When an image functions as a link, the image's alternative text acts as the link's accessible name for assistive technology users. If the image is marked as decorative or does not have alt text (and the link does not have any visible display text), then this type of issue will occur. You need to add meaningful alt text to the linked image to fix this issue.

Most times in the CMS, this issue occurs within the Image Gallery callout snippet. You can fix this issue by providing a meaningful Description for each image in your image gallery asset. 

Screenshot of gallery images in edit mode. The following alt text is provided for both the Description and Caption fields: Three students with disabilities smile before the library fountain.
Example of providing a Description in the image gallery asset.

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