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Module 2: Checkpoint 14—Skip links

Conformance: Mandatory

Requirements

Skip links must be used on all pages.

All skip links must become visible when any individual skip link receives keyboard focus, and become hidden again when none are in focus. (This section, when visible, is the access bar.)

Skip links must be the first elements in the tab order.

While visible, the skip links must displace the web page below, i.e.: they must not overlap the web page.

At a minimum, websites must include ‘Skip to content’.

Benefits of conformance

  • Skip links are beneficial to screen reader users and keyboard users in general, but they are also useful to other groups; primarily, people with mobility difficulties.
  • Beneficial to mobile phone users.

Risks of non-conformance

  • Decreased user experience for people using assistive technologies or mobile devices.

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