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Re: SC failure for opening new window without prior notice ?

From: RichardWarren <richard.warren@userite.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:05:23 +0100
Message-ID: <2F2BA66189944D40883BF60CA2AC993F@DaddyPC>
To: Aurélien Levy <aurelien.levy@temesis.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Aurelien,

When a blind user activates a link that opens a new window without prior warning they do not know that a new window has been opened and thus their “browser history” renewed. Thus when they press the key for their screen reader to go back to the previous page nothing happens. Eventually they learn that we need to “close the current window” if we want to go back. However if they have followed as series of “blank-targets” this becomes a very hit-or-miss approach.

So in practical terms target="_blank" without a warning is a barrier and thus a failure of WCAG level A

SC 3.2.2 seems to cover this adequately. for example when it talks about form submission buttons being clearly marked as such, after all a form submission button is just a link to another page or state just as a target=”_blank”. The intention is clear here and it really is not practicable to provide examples of every possible situation where a change of context might be introduced. The over-riding essential is that the page operates in a predictable manner.

Richard



From: Aurélien Levy 
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 11:10 AM
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org 
Subject: Re: SC failure for opening new window without prior notice ?



  Based on F37 alone, we cannot definitively conclude whether target="_blank" without a warning is a failure. It is just not part of *this* failure. In the absence of failure descriptions that specifically mention Aurélien's case, we have only the success criteria to go by. Whether this case fails SC 3.2.2 hinges on the interpretation of "changing the setting of any user interface component": does activating a link constitute a change in a setting? A link is a UI component, but does activating it constitute a change in its setting? (Nothing that you can retrieve from the DOM, as far as I know, unlike certain properties of form fields.) So it seems hard to argue that Aurélien's example fails SC 3.2.2.

  However, the code fails SC3.2.5; there is even a failure for this: <http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/NOTE-WCAG20-TECHS-20140408/F22>.

  Best regards,

  Christophe

I agree with that but it strange because the understanding of 3.2.5 state :

Change on Request: Changes of context are initiated only by user request or a mechanism is available to turn off such changes. (Level AAA) 

and we have this Note: Clicking on a link is an example of an action that is "initiated only by user request."

So nothing ask about prior warning. It may be better to have something like :
Change on Request: Changes of context are initiated only by user request with a prior warning or a mechanism is available to turn off such changes. (Level AAA) 
or
Change on Request: Changes of context are initiated only by user request or a mechanism is available to turn off, warn the the user of such changes. (Level AAA) 

Regarding SC 2.4.4 I ask the question because there is an example of using title to warn the user of opening new windows http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/NOTE-WCAG20-TECHS-20140408/H33 so if not warning the user is not a failure of SC 2.4.4 maybe it's best to change this example as well

Aurélien

 
Richard Warren
Technical Manager
Website Auditing Limited (Userite)
http://www.userite.com

 
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