Do you make external links clear?
21/02/2018 8:06 AM by
When creating links, you should follow a few basic rules:
- If your link is an internal link, then it should navigate within the same window. If the link is external, it should open in a new tab and be visually clear to the user that it will lead them away from the current site, that way it is not a surprise.
- If a link is to an external site, a visual indication should be provided to the user like this: This is a link to another site.
Search Engines (http://www.google.com is by far the best but try other search engines as well)
- Figure: Bad example - Without visual indication
Search Engines (http://www.google.com is by far the best but try other search engines as well
- Figure: Good example - With visual indication
- External link external indicators should be inserted by CSS as following:
- Figure: Good example - Icon is added by CSS via a simple declaration
We have a program called SSW Code Auditor to check for this rule.
Do you feel this rule needs an update?