Why Skip Navigation
Having a consistent set of navigation links at the top or left side of a Web page is beneficial for usability, but for users with screen readers, however, hearing the same list of links at the beginning of each page is time consuming and a potential irritant.
Therefore a skip navigation strategy should be included to allow users of screen readers to skip over a block of navigational links.
WCAG 2.0 Guideline 2.4.1—"A mechanism is available to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple Web pages."
- It’s recommend that a "skip to content" link be included before the site’s main navigation tools. It should be visible to sighted users on a keyboard so that audience can take advantage of it.
- Now that ARIA landmarks have become more mainstream, many screen reader users use these landmarks to navigate a page.
- Users with screen readers can skip between major headings and subheaders, which are tagged H2, H3, and H4.