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Re: Are mailto links a problem for blind users

From: Kelly Ford <kford@teleport.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 11:36:10 -0800
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Hi All,

Assuming the user has his or her system configured correctly, a mailto link 
should launch the e-mail program and open a new message properly 
addressed.  In my experiences using most screen readers this is not an 
accessibility problem.  When the focus changes the screen reader alerts 
that this is happening, especially if a new program is launching.

Personally I prefer mailto links because it avoids having to copy and paste 
the e-mail address into another program.

Kelly Ford

At 07:29 PM 11/7/00 +0000, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>I was wondering if including mailto links, which pop email windows if a user
>follows a link on a webpage, are a problem for users of screen readers. I
>would expect that they change the system focus without warning and should
>therefore be avoided.
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Received on Tuesday, 7 November 2000 14:37:05 GMT

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