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Re: Rethinking "Skip to Content"


From: michael.brockington
Date: Dec 2, 2004 9:39AM

> -----Original Message-----
> From: intern.wincog [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Subject: [WebAIM] Rethinking "Skip to Content"

> The word "skip", whether used to imply bypassing a specific
> something, or simply moving past a general something to
> something else, seems more confusing than helpful. It seems
> to me that, to an individual using a screen reader, a link
> helping them "skip" or "skip to" something has less meaning
> than a link that helps them simply "Go to".

I would have to say that the connotations of 'Go' is that the link will be to
another page, hence the common use of 'skip'. I would agree that this has
some negative connotations, and is probably not the most helpful word to use,
but I have yet to see a more suitable alternative.

I would also argue that it is not our place as content developers to be
mucking about with the users' navigation - that is the job of the User Agent
interface developers. If you don't understand what I mean, have a good look
at the practical implications of Access Keys (99% conflict with existing user



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