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Text that describes their purpose should be used for hyperlinks.

Descriptive text allows users to distinguish one link from another and helps them decide whether to follow the link.

Better descriptive text

Poor descriptive text

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Links that open new windows or tabs should be limited to situations where opening them in the same window disrupts the process (i.e. if the link is for context-specific information, such as help instructions for a form). If a link opens in a new window or tab, advance warning should be provided.

Making websites behave in unpredictable ways can be disorienting, especially for users with visual disabilities.

Better new window links

A link to help on a form opens in a new window to prevent the loss of any data that has already been entered on the form.

Poor new window links

A link to a related resource on a web page opens in a new window.