Skip Navigation Links are Important
Providing links that allow user to skip directly to content, bypassing navigation, enhances 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.
From 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 frontend.com 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 lighten 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 after logo of your web site, insert skip link: Skip over navigation. Does link have to go after logo? Many web sites have Skip navigation or Skip to main content links before logo of page, but a logo is precursor of a web page. It lets user know what website he/she is on.