Quick Tip: Are “Skip” Links Still Necessary?

Web Accessibility Tip of the Month

“Skip to main content” or “skip navigation” links provide a mechanism for keyboard users to jump over repetitive navigation directly to the main content of a page. Headings, ARIA landmarks, HTML5 structural elements (particularly <main>), etc., also provide elements which users can navigate to get to main content, but navigation by these elements is not yet supported in standard browsers for sighted keyboard-only users who are not using screen readers. Because of this, “skip” links still provide very useful functionality for sighted keyboard users. “Skip” links can, however, be hidden visually until they receive keyboard focus.

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