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Training for Testing HTML for 508 Compliance

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Testing for §1194.22 (o): Skip Navigation

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This module will focus on the standard which requires the provision of a means for skipping repetitive links on a page.

The Section 508 requirement covering this is §1194.22 (o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.

To understand why this provision is necessary, consider the fact that a person who does not use a mouse, including those using screen readers, may use the tab key to move through links on a web page one at a time. Because navigation links are often repeated at the beginning of a web page, this user may be required to tab through a significant number of repeated links on every page on a site. Providing a means to skip past repetitive links allows users to move quickly to the content they’re looking for or to get to the links or controls that matter most to them. For instance, once a user has loaded a page with an article they want to read, they won’t want to have to tab through the web page’s main sections, in order to get to the link that lets them go to the next page of the article. Providing a skip navigation link makes this easier.

Related Checkpoints

Remember, both testers and developers can use the checkpoints for this requirement to be sure the products they are working with will be accessible to users of Assistive Technology (AT).

Use the link above to look at the checkpoints now. You may wish to keep the window open as a reference to use as you complete this module.

Video Overview of this Requirement

To view an approximately one-minute video with additional information which may be helpful to testers and developers, select the video link below. The video will open in a new window; if you are using a screen reader to take this training, press enter when you hear, "To start, press Play button."

Skip Navigation Video in new window

Select Next for an Example.

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