Cool Toys Pic of the Day – SkipTo

SkipTo:
http://paypal.github.io/SkipTo/

This one comes to you via colleague Jane Berliss-Vincent, a wondrous lady deeply engaged in assistive technology, although this particular find it more of a web accessibility tool. One of the oldest tips in web accessibility, right up there with descriptive text for images, is a "Skip To" link early on in the web page code to skip screenreader users over the navigation menus direct to the most important content. It never ceases to amaze me how many web sites still fail to include a skip to link (or ALT text for images!).

This SkipTo widget is from the folks at Paypal, who are surprisingly open with a lot of their code, and a very active and rich Github site. 99 code repositories? 99?! Wow.

Github: Paypal:
https://github.com/paypal

They have the widget source code available, and JavaScript & CSS versions, Greasemonkey, a bookmarklet, and pre-built plug-ins for both Drupal and WordPress. It depends on ARIA landmarks in the page to build the menu, so if you aren’t already using accessible code, it won’t do its magic. Once you have it going, it activates when a person uses the Tab key to navigate, and supports access keyboard commands.

If you want to know more about what the team is up to, check out their Twitter stream.

PayPal Inclusive:
https://twitter.com/PayPalInclusive/

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