- [Instructor] As you create content,

you may decide that you want to link to a web site.

You can do this by creating a hyperlink.

In this video, we'll talk about descriptive hyperlinks

and how to create them.

Let's start by talking about why

descriptive hyperlinks are so useful.

Imagine visiting a web page or a document

like this student resource and viewing

all of the hyperlinks as a simple list.

Though presented differently from what you might be used to,

you might agree that viewing all of the links as a list

would make it easy to skim and find the one you need

without having to read the entire page's content.

That's often how students with sight disabilities

find the link that they need.

However, if we look closely at each

of the hyperlinks from the student resource,

most of the names aren't very useful.

For example, if I wanted to view the volunteer calender,

I wouldn't be sure of which link I should select.

Vague hyperlinks like these make it difficult

to determine which one is the desired link.

What if the list looked more like this?

Is it a little easier to determine

where each link will take us?

I can also expect a new browser window to open

when I click these hyperlinks.

Generally, descriptive hyperlinks make sense out of context

and express three pieces of information,

where the link is going, the purpose of the link,

and what, if anything, happens when the link is clicked.

If there's a good chance that the content will be printed,

then it's a good idea to provide

the link's address near the hyperlink.

If the hyperlink is to a downloadable file,

then indicate the type of file in the text,

such as this hyperlink to a downloadable

PowerPoint presentation.

To create a hyperlink,

first I'll copy the web page's address.

In my document, I've already typed

descriptive hyperlink text that identifies

where the link is going and why it has been provided.

I've also let my readers know to expect

the link to open in a new window.

So next, I'll highlight the link name,

right click, and select hyperlink.

In the address field, I'll paste

the web page's address and click OK.

There we go, the hyperlink's been created.

My readers may decide to print this document,

so I'll also provide the link's address.

Before leaving the document, it's a good idea

to test the hyperlink to make sure that it works.

Descriptive hyperlinks are accessible and are a great tool

for sharing web sites and resources with your students.

They will help ensure that all of your students

will be able to quickly find the link that they need.