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RE: Pop-Ups

From: Peacock, Kimberly <peacockk@ctcgsc.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 12:46:33 -0500
Message-ID: <5A69399A2BB6504B9193F0A1660A5CF9032917@pefl-mail1.pefl.ctcgsc.org>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

To the discussion about the hotly debated and often hated pop-up/new window
I feel it is necessary to add perspective from my end of the development
world.  I produce military training WBT/CBT and it is an unfortunate fact of
our lives that due to Learning Management System constrictions, etc. a new
window is often required.  In most cases it is possible to code in
navigational instructions/warnings to the user, that can be read by a screen
reader, prior to the pop-up/new window opening, which is what most of the
developers with a sensitivity for accessibility often do.  If users have
installed pop-up blocking software they often find they are unable to access
the training materials and have to call a tech support hotline.

I think that coming to an accepted consensus regarding a CORRECT way of
programming pop-up/new window openings, as opposed to forcing them out of
existence, is of extreme importance for the development community.  I would
like to see additional guidance given within the accessibility guidelines,
and I hope that the browser companies would pay attention.  Perhaps once we
establish an acceptable way of coding pop-up/new windows the browsers could
allow users to choose to block all pop-up/new windows that did not meet
those specs.

Kimberly Peacock

Multimedia Programmer
Pensacola, Florida
Received on Thursday, 17 October 2002 13:46:46 UTC

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