For example, let's say I have a link whose text, by itself, doesn't do a great job of explaining its meaning:

<div>To complete your transaction, please click <a href="#">here<a>.</div>

Say a user using is using an assistive voiceover interface and the Tab button to navigate the page.

For discussion, let's ignore a suggested solution, putting meaningful text inside the anchor element itself.

What is the next best solution? Adding an aria-label with meaningful text? For example:

<div>To complete your transaction, please click <a aria-label="To complete your transaction, please click here">here<a></div>

Will this be redundant for the user? Is there a better alternative?

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Firstly, make sure you even need an <a> tag. If the link doesn't navigate to another page then you should be using a <button> tag.

Yes, you can use the aria-label as you have described and you can also use the normal <a href="#" **title=""**> title tag instead, as all screen readers use that in the absence of an aria-label tag.

However, in your example, there is a more robust and accepted way to do it because the label text you are trying to emphasise is already on the page so you should use the attribute aria-labelledby="" instead.

This is the correct solution for your exact example scenario (because the relevant text is already on the page).

<div id="your-id">To complete your transaction, please click <a aria-labelledby="your-id">here<a></div>

You should only use aria-label="" if the text you're after can't be found on the page.

You can still use aria-labelledby="" even if that text is somewhere else on the page. For example, you could just wrap that text in a span tag like so:

<span id="your-id">To complete your transaction...</span>

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