Accessibility Checkpoint Section 508 1194.22 (o)
Provide a way to skip repetitive navigation links.
Without a skip link, screen readers read out the navigation links on every page before reading the page content. Headings can be a substitute in limited circumstances, but they’re not used by all screen reader users, and many other assistive technology users have no way to navigate via headings. Add a «Skip to Content» link at the start of the document hidden offscreen by CSS, and made visible on focus, so it’s available to keyboard and screen reader users:
<a class=«accessible» href=«#main»>[Skip to Content]</a>
Note: Section 508 checkpoints (a) through (k) are equivalent to WCAG 1 level A checkpoints.
- 5.20 Jan 2016 Improved skip link detection.
- 5.7 Dec 2014 No longer triggers on mailto links.
- 5.1 Jan 2013 No longer triggers WCAG2 2.4.1 if headings present.
- 4.0 Jun 2010 Look for skip links in more places.
- 3.5 Dec 2009 Corrected priority.
- 3.5 Dec 2009 Improved skip link detection.
- 3.1 Feb 2009 Now triggers WCAG2 2.4.1.
- 3.0 Dec 2008 Don’t detect a link like ‘Clean Out Your Home’ as part of navigation.
- 2.0 Dec 2007 Added.
This page describes a web site issue detected by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.
Rule ID: Section508-o-1