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RE: RE : link in new window debate

From: Hy Cohen <hy@miplet.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 10:26:39 -0800
To: "'Paul Davis'" <paul@ten-20.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <003c01c3aeca$ae3ff600$863a79a5@ACACORG1>

Dear Paul,

I am by no means merely as versed in accessibility standards, as many others
on this list, however, with that disclaimer in mind, I can take a try at
answering your question.

While I agree, in a majority of cases, having a bunch of windows open can be
confusing; however, in some cases it can actually help.  

I have ran across several Websites which like to keep you there.  No matter
how many times I hit the back button, my browser just won't leave their
Website.  For many, there is an easy work-around, all be it perhaps an
annoyance.  For example, in Internet Explorer there is a little arrow next
to the Back button which brings down a brief history of links recently
visited.  Within a couple of mouse clicks the user has gotten past the road
block.  However, for those who use a screen reader, such as myself, that
little arrow is virtually impossible to hit.  The alternative for us is to
use the history view, and arrow down through, at least for me, a really long
list of links.  

What I am trying to say is, opening up a new window has its positives and
negatives, and it is up to the designer to determine that.  

After considering everything, if a designer is going to open a new window, I
strongly recommend that in some way you warn the user that a new window will
open.  Until the latest upgrade to my screen reader, I had no idea new
windows were being opened, and it was extremely confusing.  

Just my humble opinion. Hope you have a fantastic day!

Warmest Regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Paul Davis
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 10:01 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: RE : link in new window debate

Hang on, just putting on my hard hat and flak jacket.

Ready now

I have heard all the pro's and con's before, the solutions and alternatives
are endless, and it seems we are going round in circles. But I have a
question, why oh why do we need a new window in the first place? (unless we
just wish to demonstrate we can)

If it is a link and the individual wishes to click on it just send 'em
there. Or is there some added benefit to our lives as the web designer by
doing so?

Received on Wednesday, 19 November 2003 13:32:09 UTC

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