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Linking through hyperlinks is an important feature of the wiki. Internal links bind this resource together into an interconnected whole, and external links help user of the will find relevant resources in the external World Wide Web.

Contents

Linking to other articles in FamilySearch wiki

interwiki

Linking to other Websites

Links should not display the full URL

Many URLs (website addresses) are long and not reader-friendly. For readability's sake, links should not include the full URL of the destination page. There may be extremely rare instances where displaying the full URL is desirable, but this should be the exception, not the rule, and should be done only if there is a compelling reason.

Example 1: a link by itself

Correct: FamilySearch

Incorrect: www.familysearch.org/

Example 2: a link in context

Correct: Order United States military records online.

Incorrect: Go to https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&SWETS=1199728061&SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form

https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&SWETS=1199728061&SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form to order United States military records online.

Click here to order United States military records online.

Clearly, the first link is much easier to read, takes less space, and helps users understand what they will find by clicking the link.

Free web sites

"For pay" web sites

OCLC/WorldCat

Using the {{WorldCat}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.

FHLC

Using the {{FHL}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.

Record Search

Using the {{RecordSearch}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.

Wikipedia

Using the {{Wikipedia}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.

Maps

Don't use "click here" as link text

The W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, as well as organisations such as WebAIM recommend against the use of phrases such as "click here" as link text.[1][2][3][4][5] "Link text should not be overly general, and should indicate the nature of the link target". The text should also make sense when read out of context. It is also pointed out that a mouse might not be available on the target device (e.g. because of a touchscreen), and that screen readers may review a list of available links on a page. Pages would also suffer when printed. A further disadvantage given is that it hinders the search engine optimisation of a page.

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