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

From: Ramón Corominas <rcorominas@technosite.es>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:57:03 +0200
Message-ID: <53BE474F.1040408@technosite.es>
To: david100@sympatico.ca
CC: Katie Haritos-Shea <ryladog@gmail.com>, CAE-Vanderhe <gregg@raisingthefloor.org>, GLWAI Guidelines WG org <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Hello, David.

In my opinion, the HTML contains enough information for the UA to warn 
the user, so the issue (if it exists) would depend on the context of 
use. Thus, I can imagine a closed environment where the specific set of 
OS-browser-AT is properly informing the user about the new window and a 
failure would make no sense.

Of course, there can be situations where this type of content may fail 
WCAG 2.0 (I would bet for 3.2.5, but also for 2.4.4, as others 
suggested). In any case, I don't see it under 3.2.1 or 3.2.2, since the 
action that opens the new window is "On Activate", and not "On Focus" 
(the focus is not moved from the link) nor "On Input" (no data input or 
change of state occurs; the 'active' state of a link is just a 
presentational state with no DOM consequences).

Regards,
Ramón.


David wrote:

>  I was thinking more that we were talking about a link that opens to a 
> new window... and if it should be considered a failure under 3.2.1 or 
> 3.2.2... 
Received on Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:58:30 UTC

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