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Skip Navigation Links are Important

Discussion in 'HTML & Website Design' started by Webnauts, Apr 4, 2005.

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    Skip Navigation Links are Important

    Providing links that allow the user to skip directly to content, bypassing the navigation, enhances the accessibility of your web site. This is recommended for blind or visually impaired users, people who use screen readers, and also for text-browsers, mobile phones and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants). These links are common on most US, UK, Irish, and other government websites, as well as many universities and private organizations.

    From the accessibility and usability point of view, it is recommended that you make such links visible. Why?

    In his article titled "Providing Skip Links", Frank Gayne of frontend.com explains:

    "Skip links would be useful for people who cannot easily use a mouse. Many of these people depend on tabbing in order to make progress through an interface and might appreciate a skip links feature to lighten the amount of work they have to do. If there is no visible focus to let these people know they have hit a link, then this useful feature is lost to them."

    How can you build such links? Immediately after the logo of your web site, insert the skip link: Skip over navigation. Does the link have to go after the logo? Many web sites have the Skip navigation or Skip to main content links before the logo of the page, but a logo is the precursor of a web page. It lets the user know what website he/she is on.

    For example, if a Screen Reader user clicks an internal link on your page, your logo's alternate text attribute tells the user that he/she has not yet left your website. If the Skip navigation link is before this logo, then the user does not know immediately which website he/she is on.

    In many occasions, web site developers or their clients do not wish to have the Skip navigation or Skip to main content link visible, with the excuse that it does not fit in their design. In this case they might use a technique wrapping the accessibility text or links in an HTML div setting it to display: none or visibility: hidden. The problem with this technique is that it does not always work as expected. Some screen readers do not speak material that is marked display: none or visibility hidden, and others depend on how the style is specified. To solve this problem, you could make them invisible with the technique of using transparent graphics. Check the links below to learn how:

    * Skipping Over Navigation Links
    http://diveintoaccessibility.org/day_11_skipping_over_navigation_links.html
    * Skip to Main Content Link
    http://www.washington.edu/accessit/AU/tutorial/ins.html

    After all, do your web pages have Skip navigation or Skip to main content links? If not, it should be time to build them...
    SEMrush
    Source: http://www.webnauts.net/skip-navigation.html
     
    Webnauts, Apr 4, 2005 IP
    SEMrush
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    joeychgo Notable Member

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    Ah, more from you .... What a way to build back links and not really contribute much.
     
    joeychgo, Apr 4, 2005 IP
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    Sorry for that, but I did not know that I could build backlinks here.
    And definetely that was not my intention!

    Therefore, I would appreciate if the forums admin or moderators would delete my posts, once I have recognized that sharing my experience with others here, is not appreciated.
     
    Webnauts, Apr 4, 2005 IP
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    yfs1 User Title Not Found

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    Your experience is appreciated, we would just like to see it. Why not post on one of the subjects you have linked to?

    Welcom to DP
     
    yfs1, Apr 4, 2005 IP
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    To the member who gave a reputation to my post "bad article", have not understood what the whole thing is about, or he has nothing against descriminating web users with diverse disabilities.

    Just my opinion...
     
    Webnauts, Apr 8, 2005 IP
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    I don't know what that means but the post above has improved 1000% with the edit.

    Welcome to DP Webnaughts
     
    yfs1, Apr 8, 2005 IP
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    I mean that the above mentioned user does not mind of keeping out people with disabilities and others from the Web. Do you understand now what I mean?
    If not, here is an article I wrote about this issue: http://www.webnauts.net/accessibility.html

    By the way, I hope that this post will not be considered as spam this time too.
     
    Webnauts, Apr 8, 2005 IP