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D4D Accessibility Guide

Milestone Overview: Friendly URLs

Each guide and each page of the guide a has a friendly URL.

Friendly URLs are easier for users to remember and to type than random alphanumeric URLs. They should also give users and idea of what the page content is about. 

Accessibility Best Practice

Formatting Your Friendly URLs

  • Use lowercase and dashes between words (friendly-url-example).
    • Why dashes?
      • dashes break up the words making them easier to read
      • dashes are easier to type users than underscores (friendly_url_example)
  • Use the existing tab name when it’s short
    • If the tab is more than 4 words, you’ll need to be a little creative. Focus on what is easy to remember, spell, and gives the user enough enough info about what page/tab would be about if they didn’t have any more context

Avoid Editing Existing Friendly URLs

  • If you have existing friendly URLs that don't match the formatting recommended above, talk to your system administrators. Changing the existing URL will break the link to your guide page that might be in other platforms (i.e. websites, course materials, etc.).
  • Try to avoid editing  friendly URLs too much after your guide is published, it will break the links users may already have.

LibGuide Help Center Resources:

Examples

  • By default guides and pages have URLs that are not easily readable, like this: https://nyu.libapps.com/libguides/admin_c.php?g=1043727&p=7573075
  • Instead, use this: https://guides.university.edu/accessibility/friendly-url

Additional Resources

Project Management Suggestion

  • Your organization may have an existing style guide for how webpages and friendly URLs are formatted. Check with your system administrators.
  • If the friendly URL formatting in your system isn't consistent encourage the dash formatting for all new pages and guides as a best practice for authors.