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Use links to point users to relevant content and trusted external resources. Link specific buttons can be found in the Formatting Tool Bar.

Guidelines #

  • Navigation links should be clear and concise.
  • If linking to anything other than another web page, such as a PDF file or audio file, make sure the link indicates what will happen when the user clicks the link. Example:"Download Course Outline (PDF)", or "View Survey Results (Excel Spreadsheet)".
  • Do not say things like “Click here!” or “Click for more information” or “Read this”. Instead, write the sentence as you normally would, and link relevant keywords. Example: “Learn more about her story” or “Get more information about applying”.
  • If a link comes at the end of a sentence or before a comma, do not link the punctuation mark.
  • Do not include preceding articles (a, an, the, our) when you link text. Example:
  1. Select the word or phrase that you want to link.
  2. Click the  Insert/edit link icon.
  3. You can choose an internal page from the list of pages at the bottom or you can type a URL into the “Link to document” field.
  1. Select the word or phrase that you want to remove the link from.
  2. Click the  Remove link icon.

A link that points out to any external website from your website (including other WVU websites) should open in a new tab or window. Pages in your website (Internal pages), including PDF files and other files, should open in the same tab or window.

  1. Select the word or phrase that you want to link or that is already linked.
  2. Click the  Insert/edit link icon.
  3. Click the “Target” dropdown and choose “Opens the linked document in a new window or tab”.

If you have any questions or issues with this please email CMS Desk.

Accessibility #

  • Ensure links succinctly and accurately describe the content they are linking to.
  • Links to external websites should always open in a new window or tab.