Skip Navigation (Accessibility/508)
All HHS pages must provide a method for skipping repetitive navigation. The skip navigation must be available to screen readers and have keyboard access.
Without “Skip Navigation” people using assistive technology such as screen readers must "read" every link on the page before selecting a section of the page to read.
"Skip Navigation" allows assistive technologies faster access to the content on a webpage.
- The skip navigation element should be the first element after the opening body element.
- Pages with multiple navigation sections don’t need “skip navigation” to other navigation sections but should provide a method of skipping directly to the main content area.
- Skip navigation text does not need to be visible to sighted users.
- Skip navigation must be recognized by keyboard controls.
HTML and CSS code for "skip navigation" are available in the code library
- Designate Visited and Unvisited Links
- Presenting Links to Materials in Multiple Languages
- Use Text for Links