The page should have a skip link as its first link

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Rule Description

The page must have a link at the top (before the navigation) that allows users to skip lengthy navigation and proceed to a page's main content to save time.

The Algorithm, in Simple Terms

Ensures that the best practice of having a skip link as the very first link in a page is adhered to

Why this is Important

Screen readers announce content sequentially. What this means for users of assistive technology is that the entire navigation, which can be quite lengthy, will be read out to the user before reaching any of the main content. This can be time consuming and unnecessary, which is why it is important to include a link to the main content at the top of the navigation.

How to Fix the Problem

Ensure that the webpage has a link at the top of the page that allows the user to skip the navigation.

Compliance Data & User Impact

User Impact: Moderate
Disabilities Affected:
  • Blindness
  • Deafblindness
  • Mobility/Dexterity
Issue Type:
  • Deque Best Practice
WCAG Success Criteria:
  • Not applicable
Section 508 Guidelines:
  • Not applicable

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Additional Information

Relevant Technologies:
  • HTML 4
  • HTML5
Relevant Custom Widget Type(s):
  • Link (ARIA)
Test Reliability: Automated testing is possible, with high accuracy
Rule ID: skip-link