In order to comply with Success Criterion 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks – you must 
provide a mechanism to “bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple 
Web pages. (Level A)"

One of the “sufficient techniques” recommended by the W3C for bypassing blocks 
is the use of skip links.

Aria Landmarks are great for some user types and well supported by JAWS, NVDA, 
OSX VoiceOver (reasonably well supported by WindowEyes). 

However, these landmark roles do not help those who may not use a mouse for a 
variety of reasons (such as some sort of motor skill issue etc). So, using a 
combination of skip links and landmarks may be better.

A lot of mixed opinions on skip links but some general principles

1. include skip links if at all possible
2. keep them simple - like a simple "skip to content" only
3. if possible make them visible
4. if you cannot make them visible, make them focus/active visible:

Be aware that some browsers don't play well with skip links.


On 05/06/2012, at 2:49 PM, Blumer, Luke wrote:

> Hi All,
> We are currently in the process of redesigning our website and are looking 
> into the "Skip to" functionality.
> We are currently considering using:
>       • Skip to Search
>       • Skip to Primary Navigation
>       • Skip to Secondary Navigation
>       • Skip to Main Content
>       • Skip to Sitemap
> We are wondering if there is any information on best practice for the "Skip 
> to" function and whether there is a generally acceptable limit as to how many 
> "Skip to" links should be used?
> We are also wondering whether we should be considering other ways for users 
> to navigate around our pages such as AccessKey 
> and whether this technique should be 
> used to reduce the number of "Skip to" links we have listed above?
> Is there any native browser functionality that performs any of these 
> functions that we should account for?
> Thankyou in advance for any advice.
> Regards,
> Luke Blumer 
> Web Project Officer | Corporate Relations
> Australian Taxation Office
> Phone: 02 6216 2970
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