Which disabilities benefit from Bypass Blocks?

W3C WAI Stories on how people use the web.


  • Many types of physical disabilities limit the ability of people to use pointing and touch devices.
  • Keyboards or assistive technologies that emulate the keyboard (e.g. on-screen keyboards, voice recognition) are used to navigate and interact with web pages.

Blind and Low Vision

  • Screen reader users were the primary advocates of the original bypass blocks requirement.
  • Improvements in web design and screen reader support for heading and landmark navigation have helped in satisfying the requirement, making the "Skip to Main Content" link less important to screen reader users. For example h1 elements and/or main landmarks are typically used for the main content and screen readers have built-in commands to navigate to these locations.