Understanding Success Criterion 2.4.1: Bypass Blocks

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

Intent of Success Criterion 2.4.1: Bypass Blocks

The intent of this Success Criterion is to allow people who navigate sequentially through content more direct access to the primary content of the Web page. Web pages and applications often have content that appears on other pages or screens. Examples of repeated blocks of content include but are not limited to navigation links, heading graphics, and advertising frames. Small repeated sections such as individual words, phrases or single links are not considered blocks for the purposes of this provision.

This is in contrast to a sighted user's ability to ignore the repeated material either by focusing on the center of the screen (where main content usually appears) or a mouse user's ability to select a link with a single mouse click rather than encountering every link or form control that comes before the item they want.

It is not the intent of this Success Criterion to require authors to provide methods that are redundant to functionality provided by the user agent. Most web browsers provide keyboard shortcuts to move the user focus to the top of the page, so if a set of navigation links is provided at the bottom of a web page providing a "skip" link may be unnecessary.

Although this Success Criterion deals with blocks of content that are repeated on multiple pages, we also strongly promote structural markup on individual pages as per Success Criteria 1.3.1.

Although the success criterion does not specifically use the term “within a set of web pages”, the concept of the pages belonging to a set is implied. An author would not be expected to avoid any possible duplication of content in any two pages that are not in some way related to each other; that are not "Web pages that share a common purpose and that are created by the same author, group or organization” (the definition of set of web pages).

Even for web pages that are not in a set, if a web page has blocks of text that are repeated within the page it may be helpful (but not required) to provide a means to skip over them.

Benefits of Success Criterion 2.4.1: Bypass Blocks

Examples of Success Criterion 2.4.1: Bypass Blocks

Resources Success Criterion 2.4.1: Bypass Blocks

Techniques for Success Criterion 2.4.1: Bypass Blocks

Sufficient Techniques

  1. Creating links to skip blocks of repeated material using one of the following techniques:

  2. Grouping blocks of repeated material in a way that can be skipped, using one of the following techniques:

Advisory Techniques

  • Providing keyboard access to important links and form controls (future link)
  • Providing skip links to enhance page navigation (future link)
  • Providing access keys (future link)
  • Using accessibility supported technologies which allow structured navigation by user agents and assistive technologies (future link)
  • Positioning content based on structural markup

Failures