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Duplicate Links

When one or more links use the same link text but point to different destinations...

...Or different link texts with the same destination are detected.

For sight-impaired users to be able to navigate a page by tabbing through links, each link must uniquely identify its destination. If two links share the same link text but have a different destination, the user can't determine where the link is directed.

Details

This rule will detect if two links share the same link text, do not share the same URL, and a unique title is not specified. The inverse of having the same destination with different link text is also a problem as it causes confusion. 

Quick fix

The most common occurrence is the repeated use of "Read more" on a series of "teaser paragraphs" which try to entice the user to click for more details. Even though each link's text says the same thing, the link actually goes to a different page. The easiest way to fix this is to use the context of the teaser for your call to action. For example:, instead of using just "Read more", use, "Read more about duplicate links".

  • Checkpoints :: WCAG-2 2.4.4 (Level A),   WCAG-2 2.4.9 (Level AAA)
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    Last Updated: 2/17/17