Last updated on 23 August 2012
I’m a definite proponent of ‘skip links’ with any site I build. In addition to being an essential part of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – 2.4.1. – Bypass Blocks, I firmly believe that skip links are valuable for a more effective user experience. I just do mine a little differently.
My site only has 2 skip links:
- Skip to Content
- Takes you directly to the content of the current page that you’re on.
- Skip to Search
- Takes you directly to the search field.
You may have noticed that I do not have a ‘Skip to Navigation’ link.
Why? Quite simply, I feel that skipping to static information doesn’t make the best experience.
This is not to say that the navigation isn’t important. It’s the key to any site, obviously. But for me, this site’s navigation shouldn’t be changing on a regular basis.
It’s not about the importance of content. It’s about accessing dynamic content and the tools associated with it.
Of course, there can be exceptions based on the type of site you have. Perhaps if you have navigation elements that are dynamic in nature (like a product based site that filters down to a specific type of product), then you’d want to reconsider how it’s treated.
Regardless, the key is to assure that the user is having the best and most effective experience possible. For my site, I feel this works best.