Web Development
Web Developer Guidelines
Visual Design Recommendations

Checkpoint 10.1 - Core

Visible Skip to content link is provided at the top of every page

WCAG 1.0 Priority 3

WCAG Guideline 13. Provide clear navigation mechanisms.

As a rule, main navigation links are the first thing presented on a web page. If a mechanism to skip over these links is not provided, screen reader users have to listen to this information repeatedly for every page until they get to the individual page content.

This is also a problem for those who do not use a computer mouse to navigate the web and have to tab through navigation hyperlinks before they arrive at the web page content. Providing a way to skip over repetitive links to allow users to start reading at the beginning of the main content of the page greatly improves accessibility.

Requirement

Ensure that a hyperlink called Skip to content is provided at the top of every web page and that it takes the user to the start of the web page body content.

Checking Tool

View the web page in the browser to ensure that visible Skip to content link is provided.

Information Source

The original source of this information is located on the W3C web site  (www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-group-links)

 

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