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Skip Repetitive Navigation Links - Checkpoint (o)

The law states:

"A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links."

The CSU uses the following standards for Skip Links:

  1. Must be the first item on the page
  2. Must be visible (keyboard only users need to see it)
  3. Should appear in the top right-hand corner of the page (this is where most users look for it).

If your navigation links come before your main content of your web site, you will need to provide a way to skip these links. This is so your users do not have to tab manually through every link to get to your main content.

If your main content comes before your navigation links, you should provide a way to skip your main content. This is so your users can get to your navigation links without going through all of your main content. Section 508 does not require you take care of this second situation, but it will help your users navigate your web site better.

Method

The skip link is a simple anchor link that points to the beginning of the main content or navigation menu within the same page depending on which link you are creating. The first thing that needs to be done, is to add a named anchor at the top of the main content or top of the navigation menu.

Then create the link at the top of the page. Name the link something like "Skip to main content" or "Skip to navigation".

<a href="#maincontent">Skip to main content</a>

or

<a href="#navlinks">Skip to navigation</a>


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