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Definition of 'pop-up' (was: RE: [action] rewite example 2 for GL 3.2)

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 14:03:23 +0200
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At 12:01 31/08/2005, Roberto Scano wrote in response to example code
that uses a target attribute and a regular URL (http://...):
I think that the example is wrong. In the GL 2 example 2 said:

   <blockquote cite="WCAG 2.0">
   Example 2: a warning is given before displaying a pop-up window.

   At the end of a news story, several links are provided for more information.
   At the beginning of each link is an icon of an arrow with the text
   equivalent, "Link will open in new window."

This assumes that all new windows, including those opened with the
target attribute with value '_blank' and a regular URL, are pop-up

The definition of pop-up that I found is

"A small window that is displayed on top of the existing windows on screen.
popup window can be used in any application to display new information;
however, the term often refers to an advertisement (see 
ad). The window
that 'pops up' when you select a function from a menu is officially known as a
'dialog box.'" (http://www.answers.com/pop-up&r=67)

Are we implicitly using a different definition of pop-up?

I believe that others have already pointed out that "target='_blank'" (or
target with another value) can easily be detected by a user agent, and that
user agents could perfectly well announce a new window without extra help
from the author. But I guess authors are recommended to add extra
announcements because user agents still don't make full use of the
information that is readily available in the code.


Christophe Strobbe


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