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by PayPal Accessibility Team & University of Illinois

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SkipTo is a replacement for your old classic “Skipnav” link, (so please use it as such)! The SkipTo script creates a drop-down menu consisting of the links to important landmarks and headings on a given web page. Once installed and configured, the menu makes it easier for keyboard and screen reader users to quickly jump to the desired location by simply choosing it from the list of options.

Benefits of SkipTo

Example Screen Shot

How it works

  1. The SkipTo menu button is the first tabable element on the page, and if it is not visible becomes the first time the user tabs into the page.
  2. Once the keyboard focus is on the menu button, pressing the ENTER or the SPACEBAR key will pull down the list of high-level headings and on the current page.
  3. Use arrow keys to select your choice and press ENTER to skip to it.
  4. If you decide to reach the menu again, simply press the built-in access key (0 by default). See the notes on Access keys for More information on how to use them.

How do I get it on my web site?

All you need are either SkipTo.js or SkipTo.min.js from the “compiled/js” directory. Please note that SkipTo.min.js is a minified (a lighter version) of the script. If you would like to be able to debug your production-ready script, include the provided file as well.

To use the SkipTo script, just include it at the bottom of your HTML page or template, as follows:

<script src="http://[your domain]/[path to javascript directory]/SkipTo.min.js"></script>

NOTE: Make sure that “src” points to the place where you put the SkipTo Javascript file, otherwise, things will not work as intended.

What About WordPress

A module is being considered for WordPress.

Configuring SkipTo

Setting properties is optional, when a property is not defined it’s default value is used.

Options for adding the button

Property default Description
displayOption static Values of static or popup are defined. The value static the button is visible, when popup is used the button is initially not visible, but becomes visible when it receives focus.
accessKey 0 Accesskey provides a way to open the Skip To menu from anywhere on the page, the default is the number zero.
attachElement header A CSS selector for identifying which element to attach the menu button container.
containerElement div Element to use as a container for the button and the menu.
customClass skipTo CSS class added to the container element. Can be used for customize styling of the button and menu with author supplied stylesheet.
containerRole none Optional landmark role added to a container element, if the container element is not within a landmark. Ideally the menu button is placed within the banner landmark (e.g. header element.

CSS Selectors for identifying Landmarks and Headings

Property Default Description
landmarks main, [role="main"], [role="search"], nav, [role="navigation"], aside, [role="complementary"] A set of CSS selectors used by querySelectorAll to get an array of landmark nodes.
headings main h1, [role="main"] h1, main h2, [role="main"] h2 A set of CSS selectors used by querySelectorAll to get an array of headings nodes.

Button and Menu labeling

The labels and messages can be localized for s specific languages or updated to reflect custom selectors.

Property Default Description
buttonLabel ‘Skip to Content’ Change the label for the button.
menuLabel Landmarks and Headings’ Change the label for the menu.
landmarkGroupLabel ‘Landmarks’ Change the menu group label for landmarks.
headingGroupLabel ‘Main Headings’ Change the menu group label for headings.
mainLabel ‘main’ The label in the menu for main lanamarks
searchLabel ‘search’ The label in the menu for search landmarks
navLabel ‘menu’ The label in the menu for navigation landmarks
asideLabel ‘aside’ The label in the menu for complementary landmarks
footerLabel ‘footer’ The label in the menu for contentinfo landmarks
headerLabel ‘header’ The label in the menu for banner landmarks
formLabel ‘form’ The label in the menu for form landmdrks
msgNoLandmarksFound ‘No landmarks to skip to’ Message for when no landmarks are found.
msgNoHeadingsFound ‘No main headings to skip to’ Message for when no headings are found.

Colors used for Button and Menu styling

Color values must use CSS color values, for example #8AF, rgb(40, 50, 90), #a0bf32, blue.

Property Type Default Description
colorTheme string default A predefined color scheme for skipTo, currently values ‘default’ and ‘illinois’
buttonColor Color #1a1a1a Color of text for “Skip To Content” button.
buttonBackgroundColor Color #eeeeee Background color of text for “Skip To Content” button.
buttonBorderColor Color #eeeeee Border color of text for “Skip To Content” button.
buttonColorFocus Color #000000 Color of text for “Skip To Content” button when it has focus.
buttonFocusBackgroundColor Color #dcdcdc Background color of text for “Skip To Content” button when it has focus.
buttonFocusBorderColor Color #1a1a1a Border color of “Skip To Content” button when it has focus.
menuBackgroundColor Color #eeeeee Menu background color.
menuBorderColor Color 1a1a1a Menu border color
menuitemColor Color #1a1a1a Menuitem text color.
menuitemBackgroundColor Color #eeeeee Menuitem text background color.
menuitemFocusColor Color #eeeeee Menuitem text color then it has focus.
menuitemFocusBackgroundColor Color #1a1a1a Menuitem text backgroundcolor then it has focus.
menuitemFocusBorderColor Color #1a1a1a Menuitem border color then it has focus.

NOTE: Make sure colors meet the color contrast requirements of WCAG 2.1 for text

Position of Button

Property Type Default Description
positionLeft length 46% The position of the “Skip To Content” button from left margin.

Example Settings

If have different requirements for your web site and include other heading levels as well as ARIA landmarks, you will need to provide a JSON object containing the necessary configuration parameters. The following is a sample configuration:

        var SkipToConfig =  {
            'settings': {
                'skipTo': {
                    landmarks: 'main, [role="main"], [role="search"], nav',
                    headings: 'main h1, main h2, main h3',
                    headingGroupLabel:  'Headings',
                    accessKey: 'S',
                    displayOption: 'popup',
                    colorTheme: 'illinois',


.skipTo.MyCustomClass {
	background:  red;
	left: 50px;
	top: 50px;

Compiling CSS and JavaScript

You may feel slightly adventurous and decide to change some colors or even enhance the script with your changes. Once you do this, here is how you compile the skipTo script for production.

   git clone
   cd skipto
   sudo npm install grunt-cli -g
   npm install
  1. You should now have a directory called **compiled** with the necessary files in it.
  2. See instructions above on which files you need to get the SkipTo script running on your web site.

Note: On Windows, build-win.bat runs npm install and grunt modules (Step 3). To successfully run, you must launch a Windows command prompt as an Admin (Ctrl+Shift+Enter) and then run build-win.bat from this command prompt.

Cleaning up

If you would like to revert your local code repository to its initial state, simply run

grunt clean

from the root directory of your repository.

Of course, we want feedback!

Please do not hesitate to raise issues and comment on Github if something doesn’t work or you have ideas on how to improve the script.

Happy skipping!

PayPal Accessibility Team Twitter: @PayPalInclusive


Prem Nawaz Khan || @mpnkhan

Victor Tsaran || @vick08

Ron Feathers || @ronfeathers

Marc Kocher || @marckocher

Jon Gunderson

Nicholas Hoyt

Access keys

Access keys work just like regular shortcut keys except that they need a browser-specific modifier key in order to work. For example, to use the “SkipTo” access key, you would press the modifier key + the access key (0 in this particular case). here is a quick list for how this would work in most popular browsers.

Version History

Version 3.0

Version 2.1

Version 2.0

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