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Re: Question on "skip to main content"


From: Nancy Johnson
Date: Sep 25, 2009 12:30PM

Thank you.

I meant the version that is in the works and I didn't realize the
upgrade was so far away. A year ago I went to a presentation on the
possible updates to 508 and it seemed that the group working on it had
just handed it over the the Access Board.

The question came up because I just received the css and mock up with
hidden skip to main content links in them.


On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Jared Smith < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 11:43 AM, Nancy Johnson < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> Are "Skip to main content" links a requirement for the updated version
>> of 508. If so, is the requirement that it remain visible or can it be
>> either hidden or visible?
> There is no "updated version of 508". There have been recommendations
> made to the Access Board for possible updates, but we are at least 2
> or 3 years away from any updates being made. The recommendations made
> did not include a requirement for "skip" links. The recommendations
> were quite similar to WCAG 2.0 in this regard.
> The Access Board has indicated that they will release an initial draft
> version of their proposed updates in the near future, so we'll know
> their intention regarding "skip" links soon.
> I should also note that "skip" links (whether visible or not) are not
> necessarily a requirement of the current Section 508 language which
> simply requires that "A method shall be provided that permits users to
> skip repetitive navigation links."
> Jared Smith
> WebAIM