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RE: javascript and URLs

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 15:36:08 -0500
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To: "Josh Krieger" <josh@zafu.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
I agree that this is a user agent issue.  It's already implemented in Opera 
(4.x+), although it sometimes seems to hang with a document.open(). You are 
able to configure if you want new windows created or not.  This works for 
both new windows created with javascript (refer to example 4 at [1]) and 
new windows created with target="new" on an HTML A element (refer to the 
link "Savannah Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Website" at [2]).


[1] http://www.dwakefield.net/inline_js.html
[2] http://www.cnn.com/2001/TRAVEL/NEWS/03/16/irish.savannah.reut/index.html

At 08:10 AM 3/4/01 , Josh Krieger wrote:
>I couldn't disagree more.  This is one of those "until user agents..."
>guidelines.  There are many good reasons to use pop-up windows for sighted
>users that make sites substantially easier to use and more accessible -- why
>do you think so many people use them.  The fact that pop-ups on the screen
>distract a screen-reader is not so helpful in content guidelines, it's a UA
>issue and could easily be handled by a good piece of software (anyone know
>what the IBM reader does here?).  It would be good to hear from some blind
>folks out there how much of an issue this really is for them.
>+ Josh +
>-----Original Message-----
>From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org]On
>Behalf Of Lisa Seeman
>Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2001 1:39 AM
>To: Robert Neff; wai-gl
>Subject: Re: javascript and URLs
>I think that there is consensus that opening a new window is not, ever, a
>good thing. It confuses navigation. (Imagine a non sited person who is moved
>without her knowledge to a pop up window and then tries the back button -
>disorienting the user.)
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Robert Neff <robneff@home.com>
>To: wai-gl <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
>Date: Saturday, March 03, 2001 9:45 PM
>Subject: javascript and URLs
> >wendy, have we considered javascript opening URLs in new new windows (that
> >are not pop-ups) as a techniques or other?  was just thinking about the
> >number of web sites includeing news sites that do this.  you click on the
> >URL link and it opens another browser window.  what if javascript is turned
> >off? or do we need no script here?
> >
> >comments?
> >
> >

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
madison, wi usa
tel: +1 608 663 6346
Received on Friday, 16 March 2001 15:24:50 UTC

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