Accessibility Enhancement – Skip Links

Requested by: Steve Quilala c/o Disability Resource Centre

Status: Completed

Live Example:
Change to something that already exists?: No
Requires a new CMS Component?: No
Requires New Functionality?: Yes
Estimated Completion Date: Completed - Late July 2019


Working with the Disability Resource Centre, the IT web team has added three ‘skip links’ to the Faculty/dept theme. As per CNIB website

Intended for blind and visually impaired users, skip links are anchor links that allow users using screen readers to ‘skip’ to major areas of a webpage faster. Skip links are not immediately visible on-page for sighted users. They are detected and read aloud upon page load by screen-reading software such as JAWS, Kurzweil, and Read/Write. The three skip links now available are:

– Skip to main content
– Skip to the main navigation
– Skip to the page-level navigation

[UPDATE Aug 16: SQ + DRC have added 3 additional skip links valuable to UBCO students with disabilities. Making 6 total skip links on every page of every website using UBCO CMS Faculty/dept theme.
– Go to Disability Resource Centre website
– GO to DRC Accomodations Portal
– Go to Inclusive Technology Lab Website]

More on Skip Links here –

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