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Re: Links to external content maintaining navigation

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 00:08:51 +0100
Message-ID: <009501c15697$b0ef2e80$293d70c2@7020CT>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> >4.  By not clearly identifying that you are sending people to an
> >external page, you are risking a lawsuit.
> *There's* a laugh. You can link to anything at any time, absurd
> American lower-court rulings on deep linking notwithstanding.
> In fact, I would invite the author of the original site to link to as
> many "external pages" as one possibly can merely to spite this
> risibly misleading advice.

I don't believe that was the kind of lawsuit the person had in question, I
interpreted it as (the almost as silly) suggestion that if there is
content on the linked site that is in some way illegal, then by linking to
it, you could also be liable.  Still silly though...

> >If you are going to frame someone's page on your site, you should
> >get permission
> *That* is a different story, and one could quite arguably require
> such permission. But it's *arguable*.

There's precedent though I believe, (remember US law, is not the only law
in question...) the somewhat old Shetland Island Times case I believe is

> It's very simple. Set an option on your page to open links in new
> windows. People can then work with the Back button or in separate
> windows as they wish.

We'll leave how this implemented reliably and accessibly as an exercise
will we? :-)

I agree though that the idea of framing other content here is useless and
would do as much to confuse a user as aid them.

Received on Tuesday, 16 October 2001 19:09:15 UTC

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