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Re: Skip to content links, what is the current best practice?


From: Ney André de Mello Zunino
Date: Jul 4, 2011 2:21PM

On 30/06/2011 10:57, Birkir R. Gunnarsson wrote:

> So, do you recommend a "skip to content" link for non-screen reader
> keyboard users, or shold it be entirely replaced by sensible us of
> html elements such as headings or landmarks?

From what I have gathered, a solution based on ARIA landmarks[1] is the
way to go. Based on personal experimentation, I have found the use of
ARIA's main landmark role[2] to be both simple and quite effective for
the purpose at hand.

I am not sure though about how long it will take for the "skip to
contents" technique to meet extinction; this is probably connected to
the time it will take for designers and developers to catch up with
ARIA's practices.

To sum up, I'd suggest a solution that employs both techniques, at least
for the time being. The nice thing about ARIA is that it (generally)
won't stand in the way.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/roles#landmark_roles
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/roles#main

Hope that helps.


Ney André de Mello Zunino
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