Moodle Accessibility – Tip #9: Hyperlinks

#9 HyperLinks


When linking to outside sites and pages, you should be creating links to these sites that are easy to navigate. Screen readers read every single word on the page, so including a long hyper-link, for instance this link to an article from one of the on-line databases,url,uid&db=ehh&AN=117537144&site=ehost-live&scope=site would all be read by a screen reader. Unless the url is short, avoid using them to link to web-sites.

Conversely, short, non-descriptive terms, such as “Click Here,” “Here,” “More,” and “More Information” are also not useful terms for clickable links.
Instead, you should create descriptive words that explain what the link is or where it is going. The name of the web-site or article title are usually a safe bet.
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Adding Hyperlinks

To add a Hyperlink, follow these steps.
Open your Moodle course.
Turn Editing on.
Anytime you have the opportunity to add text to Moodle – think weekly summaries, labels, assignments and discussion forms – you should have ability to add a Hyperlink.
Locate the bar tool bar, just above your text. It should have one row of icons.
Hyperlinking tools are the 7th, 8th and 9th icons. hat says shows three dots and lines, allows you to make bullet points.

  • The first, chain icon, allows you to hyperlink
  • The second, broken chain, allows you to remove a hyperlink
  • The final, chain with an x, prevents auto linking on text

To create or edit a hyperlink write some text in the text box, then highlight the text you want to link.
Click the chain icon. The hyperlinking icons are only active when you have text highlighted.)

Moodle Menu Bar

Paste or type the url into the Link Url box.
Press Insert.

You can also choose URL as an option when choosing from the Add Activity or Resource list.