When I tested my website in the past with powermapper tools, It suggested I should add a "skip to content" link hidden off-screen to help people with screen readers use the website.
I can completely relate and so can this website:
Then I go look at Google's webmaster quality guidelines at:
and it mentions that hidden text can be seen as deceptive.
The only text I deliberately made hidden on my website is a "Skip to content" link which when clicked takes users to just past the common menu header (a.k.a. straight to where the content starts). I placed the hyperlink tag directly below the body tag, and used CSS to set the link as a block and positioned it to -xxxxpx (some location off screen) so that users with sufficient technologies won't see the skip to content link, but instead see the site as it is meant to be displayed.
I'm curious of the best course of action to take. I could either:
- remove the "skip to content" link all together and make Google happy and possibly several other advertisers unhappy
- Make the "skip to content" link visible at the minimum font size acceptable by Google (whatever percent that is) and pray that no user complains.
- Figure out who runs Google and rant (which I will likely be unsuccessful at).