Consider the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1), Checkpoint 10.5:

“Until user agents (including assistive technologies) render adjacent links distinctly, include non-link, printable characters (surrounded by spaces) between adjacent links. ”

Generally when trying to ensure that my web pages meet this particular requirement I’m thinking about navigation bars; I’m either marking them up as lists, or putting printable characters between adjacent links (if necessary I make them invisible via CSS).

Unfortunately that isn’t always enough to ensure a clean bill of health with regard to this particular checkpoint. It is easy – particularly on a page that gets updated often – to violate this rule in the bodytext of the page, e.g.,…

Working with non-profits, charities, voluntary and public sector organisations and social enterprises for over 20 years. Jim set up one of the worlds first website accessibility web agencies in the mid 1990s.