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Re: skip link breaks back button


From: Hewitt,Susan (DSHS)
Date: Mar 17, 2014 7:13AM

I do not believe WCAG 2.0 AA includes skip links/bypass criterion as A does. But I don't think this is a good reason to abandon them. WebAIMs last motor disability user survey had roughly 60% saying skip links are somewhat to very useful (surprisingly they didn't find links that become visible on focus that useful.) Low vision users also found them useful. (http://webaim.org/projects/motordisabilitysurvey/)

For this reason, and considering how easy it is to use them without a sacrifice of functionality or visual design, why we should stop using them? Until it becomes easier for non-mouse users to take advantage of ARIA (yes there are means for them to do so now but it's going to take education and outreach to make this known,) why deprive anyone of something that's potentially beneficial?

Susan Hewitt
EIR Accessibility Coordinator
Texas Department of State Health Services
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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Stanzel, Susan - FSA, Kansas City, MO
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 7:56 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] skip link breaks back button

Good morning Listers,

I had been under the impression we could stop using skip links, but I gather for keyboard only users they are still necessary. Is this correct?

Susie Stanzel

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Patrick H. Lauke
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:52 AM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] skip link breaks back button

On 17/03/2014 09:39, Thaddeus Cambron wrote:
> Which is better. Skip links or landmarks

Landmarks are only of use to users of AT like screenreaders.
Keyboard-only users without AT cannot take advantage of them (unless they employ some form of additional extension/plugin such as http://blog.paciellogroup.com/2013/07/enabling-landmark-based-keyboard-navigation-in-firefox/).

Patrick H. Lauke

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