What does this mean?

Lists of related links should be written semantically as a list, e.g. using the <ul> or <ol> tags.

This allows assistive technologies to more easily navigate from item to item, or past entire groups of links if the user wants to. For example, this navigation:

<a href="/about">About us</a> <a href="/contact">Contact us</a>

Should be rewritten as a list:

<ul>
  <li><a href="/about">About us</a></li>
  <li><a href="/contact">Contact us</a></li>
</ul>

Justification

Users of assistive technologies, like screen readers, can skip an entire list in one step. In some cases, they can even search inside a list.

These aids are not available where links are written outside of a list. Failing to use lists correctly can force users to have to step through hundreds of links one at a time.

More information

See Technique H48 for details.



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