Skip Navigation links are important

Written by John S. Britsios

Skip Navigation Links are Important

Providing links that allowrepparttar user to skip directly to content, bypassingrepparttar 139783 navigation, enhancesrepparttar 139784 accessibility of your web site. This is recommended for blind or visually impaired users, people who use screen readers, and also for text-browsers, mobile phones and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants). These links are common on most US, UK, Irish, and other government websites, as well as many universities and private organizations.

Fromrepparttar 139785 accessibility and usability point of view, it is recommended that you make such links visible. Why?

In his article titled "Providing Skip Links", Frank Gayne of explains:

"Skip links would be useful for people who cannot easily use a mouse. Many of these people depend on tabbing in order to make progress through an interface and might appreciate a skip links feature to lightenrepparttar 139786 amount of work they have to do. If there is no visible focus to let these people know they have hit a link, then this useful feature is lost to them."

How can you build such links? Immediately afterrepparttar 139787 logo of your web site, insertrepparttar 139788 skip link: Skip over navigation. Doesrepparttar 139789 link have to go afterrepparttar 139790 logo? Many web sites haverepparttar 139791 Skip navigation or Skip to main content links beforerepparttar 139792 logo ofrepparttar 139793 page, but a logo isrepparttar 139794 precursor of a web page. It letsrepparttar 139795 user know what website he/she is on.

Why usability is important to you

Written by John S. Britsios

Usability isrepparttar measure ofrepparttar 139782 quality of a user's experience when interacting with a product or system - whether a web site, software application, mobile technology, or any user-operated device.

According to Usability Expert Jakob Nielsen: "Onrepparttar 139783 Web, usability is a necessary condition for survival. If a web site is difficult to use, people leave. Ifrepparttar 139784 homepage fails to clearly state what a company offers and what users can do onrepparttar 139785 site, people leave. If users get lost on a web site, they leave. If a web site's information is hard to read or doesn't answer users' key questions, they leave. Note a pattern here? There's no such thing as a user reading a web site manual or otherwise spending much time trying to figure out an interface. There are plenty of other web sites available; leaving isrepparttar 139786 first line of defense when users encounter a difficulty." More:

What is usability

Is your web site usable? There are several definitions for usability, but basicallyrepparttar 139787 following 4 characteristics can be considered usable:

* Quick and easy to learn; * Efficient to use; * Allows rapid recovery from errors; * Easy to remember;

Does your product or web site haverepparttar 139788 above characteristics? Usability increases benefits for both parties:repparttar 139789 User (potential customers) andrepparttar 139790 Provider (yourself).

Users benefits from usability * Users are satisfied, not frustrated, withrepparttar 139791 product or web site; * They enjoy interacting withrepparttar 139792 web site or product; * They achieve their goals effectively and efficiently; * They cultivate confidence and trust inrepparttar 139793 product or web site.

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