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RE: "Bypass Blocks" Question (SkipTo Script)

From: Gunderson, Jon R <jongund@illinois.edu>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2015 15:42:28 +0000
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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If you are using ARIA landmarks or HTML Sectioning element there is a simple script you can add to your web pages to provide a keyboard accessible "SkipTo" feature to the landmarks and top level headings for keyboard users.

http://paypal.github.io/skipto/ 

Jon


-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick H. Lauke [mailto:redux@splintered.co.uk] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 10:28 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: "Bypass Blocks" Question

On 08/07/2015 15:59, Rakesh wrote:
> Hello Mandana,
>
> Though I personally recommend having Skip link, it is sufficient to 
> have any one of the following.
> 1. Skip link.
> 2. Proper heading structure.
> 3. Proper ARIA landmarks.

2 and 3 may be regarded as "sufficient" in terms of passing the letter of WCAG 2.0, but - as already noted - they do not help keyboard users without AT that supports additional navigation shortcuts based on headings/landmarks.

For this reason, when auditing, I'd usually give sites that just use 2 or 3 a nominal PASS for 2.4.1, but then explicitly advise to still use 1 as well.

P
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