Use skip navigation links
Screen readers access Web sites by reading each page from top to bottom. Typically, the main content of a page is located beneath navigation links, graphics, search boxes, and other potential elements. Those navigating with a screen reader or by using the Tab key must wade through this same information on every page. If you place a link at the top of each page that skips the user to the main content (commonly called "skip nav" links), people can easily bypass repetitive information.
- Regularly use "skip nav" links to allow users to jump to main areas of content and skip the repetitive navigation links
- Place a "skip nav" link at the very top of a Web page that links to a page anchor that is positioned just before the beginning of the main content.
- A best practice is to keep the "skip nav" link visible, since this assists people with repetitive stress injuries that use the Tab key or other adaptive technology instead of a mouse.