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deborah ([personal profile] deborah) wrote in [site community profile] dw_accessibility2012-05-14 11:33 am

skip links

I'd like to find out how many people would like it if we had skip links, which are essentially links which are the first content on the page, which allows someone (usually someone using a screenreader, keyboard navigation, or magnification) to go directly to the main content on the page.

Poll #10458 Skip Links
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22

Do you like it when sites have skip links?

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13 (61.9%)

1 (4.8%)

I don't know
3 (14.3%)

4 (19.0%)

Would you use skip links if they were available at Dreamwidth

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yes, all the time
1 (4.5%)

yes, on some pages or occasionally
15 (68.2%)

only if they are visible
3 (13.6%)

no, they aren't useful to me
3 (13.6%)

other, which I will describe in comments
0 (0.0%)

If you would use them, could you explain how you access the site?

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With a screenreader
2 (10.5%)

Visually but with zoom/magnification
6 (31.6%)

Visually without substantial magnification
6 (31.6%)

5 (26.3%)

[personal profile] amethystfirefly 2012-05-14 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
What're skip links? From what I can see they're basically like clicking on a subsection in an article on Wikipedia?

[personal profile] amethystfirefly 2012-05-14 04:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the clarification. :)

(Also for clarification of my answer: I sometimes use magnification, sometimes not.)
Edited 2012-05-14 16:46 (UTC)
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[personal profile] jbanana 2012-05-14 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't use any assistive technology, but I do sometimes switch off CSS (it's easy in Opera) in order to get rid of annoying visual effects. In this case, skip links can be very useful.

[personal profile] treeowl 2012-05-18 06:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I've been trying to learn about web design recently, and skip links have always seemed like an ugly workaround to me, but perhaps a necessary one for now. HTML5 header and nav tags seem like they help with this sort of thing, but not at all perfectly. Are there DW layouts/themes that go straight to page content?