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From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Sep 28, 2011 12:39AM


Yea wise people

I gave a 90 innue presentation on accessibility yesterday, with some
success I believe. It was very entertaining and, I hope, enligtening,
as 200 students were in the audience.
Afterwards I had a talk with the professor, who is doing web
development himself.
He said he has issues with putting "Skip to content" links on top of
his pages, as he had heard it will negatively affect the ranking of
the page in SEO, since the SEO will see that as the first element of
said page.
I have read the ecellent blog post on accessibility and SEO on the
WebAIM blog, but nothing is mentioned about it there.
Is there a witty reort I can provide to this, or is there some truth to it?
Thank you
-B