Are links coded as links?


Ensure that links work for users of all types of technology including assistive technology and keyboard navigation.

Why this matters

Read Why does it matter if our HTML is semantic?.

How to implement

Follow the instructions in <a>: The Anchor Element on MDN’s website.

How to test

Manual testing

Right-click the link and inspect the element to ensure that it is properly encoded in an <a> tag with an href attribute.

Automated testing

HTML validators should report back an error if the <a> element is parsing incorrectly or missing key attributes. Note that validators cannot determine if an <a> element is linking to the correct place.