Links only indicated by color Accessibility Checkpoint


Indicating links using only a text color change does not work for color-blind users.


Remove the text-decoration:none property from your link styles, or add other style attributes in addition to color changes to make links visible to people without color vision. If the non-color cue only happens when the mouse hovers over the link or when the link receives focus, it is still a failure.

Applicable standards

Note: Section 508 Refresh (2017) checkpoints are equivalent to WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA checkpoints.

Change history

  • 6.53 Jul 2024 Improved detection.
  • 6.50 Oct 2023 Fixed false positive.
  • 5.33 Apr 2019 Fixed false negative.
  • 5.32 Feb 2019 Fixed false positive on unused CSS rules.
  • 5.28 Dec 2017 Fixed false negative.
  • 5.23 Oct 2016 Fixed false positive in active state.
  • 5.22 Jul 2016 Fixed false negative in CSS print styles.
  • 5.1 Jan 2013 Fixed false negative in CSS rules containing properties that don’t affect visual styling.
  • 4.7 Jun 2012 Now triggers 1194.22 (c).
  • 3.0 Dec 2008 Added.

This page describes a web site issue detected in HTML documents by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.

Rule ID: AccWcag2-F73-1