Is it bad to have underlined text on your website, even if your links are not underlined, for accessibility issues?

Yes, it is considered not a good idea to have underlined text on your website, even if your links are not underlined, due to accessibility issues. This is because underlining is a common way to indicate that a piece of text is a link. If you have underlined text on your website that is not a link, this can be confusing for users, especially users with disabilities who use screen readers.

Screen readers read out the text on a web page to the user, and they can also identify links and other interactive elements. If a screen reader user encounters underlined text on your website, they will assume that it is a link. If the underlined text is not actually a link, this can be very frustrating and confusing for the user.

In addition, users with color blindness may have difficulty distinguishing between underlined text and regular text if the two colors are similar. This can also lead to confusion and frustration.

To avoid these problems, it is best to only underline text on your website if it is a link. If you need to emphasize text, you can use other methods, such as bolding or italics.

Here are some tips for making your website more accessible to users with disabilities:

  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Avoid using jargon and acronyms.
  • Provide alternative text for images and other non-text content.
  • Make sure your website is keyboard navigable.
  • Use sufficient color contrast between text and background.
  • Avoid using flashing or blinking content.
  • Test your website with a variety of assistive technologies, such as screen readers and magnifiers.

By following these tips, you can make your website more accessible and inclusive for all users.

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