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Fixing Common Problems With Screen Readers

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Fixing Common Problems With Screen Readers

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Using a screen reader can present challenges in reading links, including some common problems. This article discusses fixes and other solutions to these issues. In addition, it provides a general overview of how screen readers are used to make web pages more accessible to users. It will help you choose the best screen reader for your needs.

Problems with links in a screen reader

One of the most common problems for screen reader users is ambiguous links. Whether a link is functional or not, the visual elements that accompany it are inaccessible for users with disabilities. As a result, it’s critical to use descriptive text to explain the context of the link. The most unique content of the link should be presented first.

To make your link text accessible, remember to limit it to 100 characters. Otherwise, screen readers may skip the next word, sentence, paragraph, or heading. Ultimately, the user will have to read the entire link to understand where it’s going. In addition, make sure you use the ALT attribute to describe images. ALT text does not have to include the word „link“ but is useful for screen readers.

Using descriptive link text is important for people with disabilities. Using links that have vague link text can lead users up a long page. Users may click on an anchor link thinking that it will take them to another page, but they don’t realize that they are moving up and down the same page. This can cause serious accessibility issues for users with disabilities. In addition, when a screen reader encounters an anchor link, it will highlight the link with the phrase „in-page link“ to give the user a clue about what the link is.

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