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Automatic loading of pages

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 13:24:38 +1000 (AEST)
To: WAI Markup Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.95.980425131538.4730A-100000@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>
During the past few months, I have noticed that some HTML documents
include a non-standard feature whereby a new page will be automatically
loaded after a predetermined period of time has elapsed. I can not
remember what the non-standard markup is which gives rise to this
phenomenon, but I am sure that other members of the GL working group would
be familiar with it. The guidelines should discourage authors from using
this feature, not only because it is, presumably, a proprietary HTML
extension, but more importantly, in recognition of the observation that
readers who are using screen access technology or for whom navigation is
difficult may not have time to familiarise themselves with the initial
page before the prescribed time period expires.

Incidentally, Lynx 2.8 treats this construct as though it were an ordinary
link and does not load the new page automatically, regardless of the
timing which the author has specified. Perhaps this issue should also be
brought to the attention of the user agent guidelines group.
Received on Friday, 24 April 1998 23:24:44 UTC

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