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Usability Guideline Usability.gov 10:6


Use text links rather than image links. In general, text links are more easily recognized as clickable.


Text links usually download faster, are preferred by users, and should change colors after being selected. It is usually easier to convey a link’s destination in text, rather than with the use of an image. Users often find it hard to tell which images are clickable without moving the cursor over them (‘minesweeping’). Another benefit to using text links is that users with text-only and deactivated graphical browsers can see the navigation options.

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Rule ID: UseGov10.6