2.4.1 Bypass Blocks Level A

A mechanism is available to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple Web pages.

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Testing & Remediation

How to test: Open you site and using just your keyboard, begin tab browsing (clicking the Tab key to move among elements). Does your site provide a "skip link", "skip navigation", "skip to content", etc type link? If yes, does it work properly upon clicking the Enter key? If so, the the Tab focus state will skip the repeating content and focus on the content below. How to remediate: Depending on the situation with your site, one of the following must be implemented:
  • Through clearly labelling tags/roles or supplying a “skip content” button, allow for user to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple pages, such as: sidebar, navigation, repeating header, etc.
  • If you have a "skip to content" type link but it doesn't work properly, implement a fix that skips the content and moves the Tab focus state to the content below the repeating content.

Questions and Answers

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