A Few More Tips To Build Better Links

It’s still annoying surprising that there are plenty out there who insist on creating websites without taking into consideration usability and accessibility, in particular building better links. Smashing Magazine has a very useful article on improving the links in your website. Read The Definitive Guide to Styling Web Links and help make the web a user-friendlier place.

My favourite tips:

  1. Apply padding (Improves usability by increasing the user’s clickable area)
  2. Make anchor text descriptive (Removes the need to read the link’s context before understanding where the link goes)
  3. Don’t open new windows (Let the user decide how they want to interact with your site, unexpected actions are a turnoff)

Exceptions are always applicable, but why bother messing with a good thing?