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

From: Ramón Corominas <rcorominas@technosite.es>
Date: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:23:04 +0200
Message-ID: <53BD3428.6000505@technosite.es>
To: allen.hoffman@hq.dhs.gov
CC: RichardWarren <richard.warren@userite.com>, Aurélien Levy <aurelien.levy@temesis.com>, "w3c-wai-gl@w3.org" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
I would say: "It is not a universal failure, since the content provides 
enough -programmatically determinable- information that user agents can 
use to inform the user, but the content may fail WCAG due to the lack of 
accessibility support by current user agents".

In any case, this issue not only affects screen reader users, but anyone 
who doesn't know that a new window/tab will be opened. In this sense, it 
seems that this is more a usability issue than an accessibility one, 
since it affects equally people with disability or without it. It would 
be accessibility-related only if sighted users are informed of the new 
window but blind users (or other Pwd) are not.

Cheers,
Ramón.


Allen wrote:


> Why wouldn’t a blind user know a new window was opened? 
> 
> In at least three screen readers I use I don’t seem to miss this 
> information. 
> 
> 
> Standardsly speaking:
> 
> The window handle is available for assistive technology use from the OS 
> or user-agent using the OS, so I’m not clear why this is a content issue 
> and not a user-agent issue, especially since how such windows are 
> handled is nearly universally configurable now in browsers.  Since the 
> user-agent knows, the information is obviously available, so the 
> assistive technology should be able to pick this up easily enough 
> without specific additional content cues.
> 
> What am I missing?
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