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The skip to content component is an accessibility feature required on every page. It allows people to jump to the main content below the statewide header and the navigation.

Skip to content is used by people who tab through navigation or use screen readers. It does not appear for other users.

When and how to use it

Always use skip to content.

How not to use it

Do not modify skip to content when you install it.

Demo and sample markup

To preview this accessibility feature, try the following.

  1. Click on the above "Demo and sample markup" heading.
  2. Press the tab button on your keyboard.
  3. The "Skip to content" link should appear at the top of this preview.
  4. Click it.

The page will scroll to this paragraph.


<!-- Sample markup begins here. -->
<div id="skip-to-content">
  <a href="#body-content-demo">Skip to content</a>
<!-- Sample markup ends here. -->

<!-- The following mark-up is strictly for demonstration purposes. -->
<p>To preview this accessibility feature, try the following.</p>
  <li>Click on the above "Demo and sample markup" heading.</li>
  <li>Press the tab button on your keyboard.</li>
  <li>The "Skip to content" link should appear at the top of this preview.</li>
  <li>Click it.</li>

<div id="body-content-demo">
  <p>The page will scroll to this paragraph.</p>


Machine nameds-skip-to-content

Project installation

The instructions assume familiarity with npm package management tool and Sass.

  1. Include SCSS in your compiler.
  2. Add the markup from the component's template.html file just after the opening body tag of your HTML.
  3. Add id="body-content"to the HTML tag at the top of the main content of the page.

CDN installation

We recommend using a build system and bundling your CSS for faster performance. If you do not use a build system, you can include the code from our CDN with a link tag.


<link rel="stylesheet" href="">


Component-specific accessibility review

  • Make sure the skip to the content link is the first item to appear on focus when you tab through a webpage and has solid, 2px outline that uses --accent2-500 variable.
  • Make sure that skip to content id reference href=”#body-content” is matching actual id attribute in main content div.

Standard accessibility review

As a component in Alpha status, this component must pass the following accessibility reviews every time a new version is published:

  • Tested with the axe accessibility tool and passes all automated WCAG Level AA checks
  • Reviewed with the VoiceOver screen reader on desktop
  • Verified keyboard navigation and that all actionable elements of the component are reachable via keyboard commands only
  • Reviewed component layout on a variety of screen sizes

Progressive enhancement

This is an HTML- and CSS-only component. JavaScript is not required. It uses CSS variables to inherit design token values. Token definitions are not required because these style rules provide fallback values.

Content model

This component uses the following data attributes. We provide this information to help with integrating the component into backend publishing systems or identifying content that may require translation.

NameAttribute nameData typeField typeSelectorDefault value
Labelskip-to-contentstringPlain text#skip-to-content a#body-contentSkip to content

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