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Skip Links

Difficulty: Beginner


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“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. These links must be one of the first links on a page and must be visually apparent in order to provide quick access to the main content for keyboard users, including screen reader users. They can be intrusive to visual design. However, because “skip” links are really only useful to keyboard users, they can be hidden from view until they receive keyboard focus, at which point they are presented visually and prevalently within the page – thus maintaining high utility to both sighted and blind keyboard users, but having no impact on other users – they probably won’t even know that the link exists.

Read more about hiding “skip” links visually.

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