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Re: Pop-up windows -- is there any situation where they are OK?

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 09:03:08 -0500
Message-ID: <000a01c17d95$92518660$2cf60141@mtgmry1.md.home.com>
To: "Chris Croome" <chris@webarchitects.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: "MKDoc developers list" <mkdoc-devel@webarch.co.uk>
on browsers that can utilize them, making the window closable from its
self works well.  I don't know about compliance but I would suspect that
orientation is the main issue here and using a close action would help
bolster that.  I find it quite useful on sites which provide it.  for
example, when you read mail at:
http://www.mail2web.com
you have two options for viewing messages.  one is to keep going through
the messages which opens a window for each message and you have to close
them all at some point or you can close the window for the message you
are reading and go back to the list.  This is also true of the compose
windows.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Croome" <chris@webarchitects.co.uk>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: "MKDoc developers list" <mkdoc-devel@webarch.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2001 8:42 AM
Subject: Pop-up windows -- is there any situation where they are OK?


Hi

I'm working on a web content management system [1] that I'm trying to
make as accessible as possible.

On pages that are used to edit content there are 'Help?' hyperlinks to
on-line help documentation, a link for each form input element.

At the moment these are just regular links.

Two users have complained that when they follow these links and then go
back the edit content page they have lost any content that they had
started to write (this is true, it's how it works in most browsers).

Half the people here are of the view that we shouldn't pop-up new
browsers windows for help and that users should learn how to open new
browser windows if they want new windows.

The other half think this is stupid and that we should use links that
pop-up new browser windows for the help documentation.

OK, my question: is that a way to use links that open new browser
windows that is accessible and complies with WCAG Double-A?

Chris


[1] http://mkdoc.com/

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