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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."

Different Methods

  1. 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.
  2. Now that ARIA landmarks have become more mainstream, many screen reader users use these landmarks to navigate a page.
  3. Users with screen readers can skip between major headings and subheaders, which are tagged H2, H3, and H4.

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