If you are linking directly to a file then signpost this in the link text by referencing the file type in parentheses at the end of the link.
Download our walking and cycling map of the surrounding area, Your guide to getting around Leeds (PDF).
Use the following indicators:
- (PDF) for PDFs
- (Word doc) for Word documents
- (Excel) for Excel sheets
- (PowerPoint) for PowerPoint presentations.
To understand how to set links and write good link text, read our advice on links.
What and why: It can be frustrating when a link that appears to lead to a web-page points to a file instead. It can be extra challenging for people using assistive technologies who may find the file more difficult to navigate around, or navigate away from, compared to a web page. Signposting the link points to a file allows a user more control over their browsing experience.
Links to download pages
If you’re not linking straight to a file but directing someone to a page from where they can download the file, it’s good practice to indicate this in the link text. For example:
For more information, see the Student and Child Student PDF on the Government’s page, Student route caseworker guidance.