As one of the most recognised names in automated website testing, SiteMorse is pleased to announce further testing capability for website developers, mangers and owners by offering an additional accessibility AA check to ensure visitors to your website experience a well performing, problem free fully complaint experience. The latest test "linktarget" diagnostic is now live

Full details of the tests and a FREE website check are available at www.sitemorse.com

Good link text should not be overly general; don't use "click here." Not only is this phrase device-dependent (it implies a pointing device) it says nothing about what is to be found if the link if followed. Instead of "click here", link text should indicate the nature of the link target, as in "more information about sea lions" or "text-only version of this page". Note that for the latter case (and other format- or language-specific documents), content developers are encouraged to use content negotiation instead, so that users who prefer text versions will have them served automatically.

wcag10.linktarget: Clearly identify the target of each link [http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/wai-pageauth.html#tech-meaningful-links]

Standards:

W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 - Checkpoint 13.1

Description:
Link text should be meaningful enough to make sense when read out of context - either on its own or as part of a sequence of links. For example, write "Information about slippers" instead of "click here".

If more than one link on a page shares the same link text, all those links should point to the same resource. If two or more links refer to different targets but share the same link text, distinguish the links by specifying a different value for the "title" attribute of each A element.

Example:
<a href="example.html">click here</a>

Further details are available at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/#link-text

For further information, please contact Jon Ribbens – Technical Director (jribbens@sitemorse.com) +44 (0)207 193-0422

About SiteMorse (www.sitemorse.com)

SiteMorse offers a range of website testing services that require no setup, downloads or technical support to operate.

SiteMorse measures performance, tests functions and checks compliance (HTML/eGMS/Accessibility).

- Website monitoring - individual pages every few minutes, includes R25 reporting
- Thorough website checking - testing from a few pages to a complete site
- Website user experience - load and stress and user journey testing

We provide an Executive Summary and a detailed Technical Report identifying problems by exact type, page, line, etc to facilitate immediate cost effective corrective action

Over 340 local and many central government, numerous FTSE and Bank clients use SiteMorse to help them maintain error-free, fully functioning and compliant (HTML/eGMS/Accessibility/brand) websites. We are in our 4th year working with SOCITM, SiteMorse is also used by Gov. Sector Publishing, Blays Netratings and ISPA for website rankings and awards services.

Published on: 12:00AM on 8th March 2006