Link accessibility tests

Any USWDS link should pass these manual accessibility tests.

Passed WCAG 2.1 AA

Link accessibility status

The USWDS team did 4 tests based on WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria.

Overview of recent accessibility test results:
Total tests
Passed with exceptions
4 3 0 1 0

Overview of recent accessibility test results:

  • Passed: 3
  • Passed with exceptions: 0
  • Conditional: 1
  • Failed: 0

Test the link in your project

USWDS tests components in isolation. You need to test the link component in the context of your own site to ensure compliance with Section 508 accessibility standards.

Use the checklist below.

Follow the "how to test" instructions for each type of assistive technology.

Anyone can test for accessibility.

These quick manual tests don't require special equipment.

Link accessibility checklist

General tests

Select passing tests

Keyboard navigation tests

USWDS performed these tests to check link accessibility and usability for keyboard navigation. For help performing your own keyboard navigation tests, check out the resources in the expandable section below.

  1. Navigate to a page on your website where the link component is used.
  2. Using only your keyboard, press tab to navigate forward or shift + tab to navigate backwards until focus is on the link.
  3. Use the testing checklist to make sure all functionality works with keyboard navigation.

For instruction for using keyboard navigation, use this resource from WebAIM.

Select passing tests

Share your feedback

Latest updates

Meaningful code and guidance updates are listed in the following table:

Date USWDS version Affects Breaking Description
2024-01-17 N/A
  • Guidance

Added accessibility tests page. More information: uswds-site#2138