Buttons and links help someone explore a relevant topic further, jump to a new category, or backtrack.
Use links to connect to relevant information that supports the content. Links include:
- internal or external web page
- video or audio files
Follow these rules when using links to a site outside of Alberta.ca:
- use an external link icon
- link to authoritative and trustworthy sites
- use anchor text correctly – link descriptive words and phrases instead of ‘click here’ or ‘learn more’
Format links with blue colour font and underlined.
- Default colour: #0070C4
- Hover colour: #333333
- Focus and active colours (hover state with 2 pixel outline): #FEBA35
- Visited: #756693
- Disabled: 40% transparency
- Write descriptive, anchor link names with a minimum 15 characters including spaces. Generic expressions, such as ‘click here’ or ‘find out more’, provide little navigational value to someone using a screen reader.
- Use page and document titles as the link, when applicable.
- Use program emails but avoid personal emails.
- Use document titles as the links, when applicable, followed by the file size in kilobytes (KB) or rounded to the nearest decimal in megabytes (MB).
- Avoid using identical link text for different links (for example, 2 links read ‘fact sheet’, but each one links to a different URL).
- Do not link to anchor (in-page) links on other pages
- Do not include program or act acronyms in link text. Place them after the link in parentheses).
- Do not write out URLs.
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