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Re: multiple skip to links


From: Bim Egan
Date: Jun 27, 2012 1:56PM

Hi Logan,

Skip links are still needed by some disabled site visitors. Until we have
mainstream browsers that enable navigation by headings or landmarks, only
access technology users can benefit from them. People with impaired
mobility who have to use keyboard navigation may have a long and painful
journey to reach important links.

Too many skip links could become a burden in themselves though, and the
number you need will depend on the page design. If the top level navigation
is near the start of page code, a skipp link to that would probably be
unnecessary, but a skip link to secondary or section navigation (if
available), would be useful. Footer links can be reached by reverse
tabbing from the web address, so it could be argued that someone who needed
to use the keyboard tab key for navigation will have worked that one out.

So my vote would be for a skip link to main content and another to section
navigation. Of course they must be visible or become visible on tab focus.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Trafford, Logan" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:33 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] multiple skip to links

I fully understand how to properly implement a “skip to” link, but I was
wondering if there is a general consensus regarding multiple “skip to”
links? In other words, should there be more than the “skip to main content”
link and also provide links such as “skip to navigation” or “skip to footer”?
Assuming proper page structure with headings is in place, links have
descriptive titles etc. is it necessary to have multiple “skip to” links?

Logan Trafford
Team Lead, Web Services
Information Technology Services Department
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424 x13598

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