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RE: New window inform user, before or after link?

From: Bart Simons <bart.simons@ascii.be>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 16:06:23 +0100
To: "W3c-Wai-Ig@W3. Org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <MIEALCLGDGJJFNADDMGKGELNCEAA.bart.simons@ascii.be>

Phil Jenkins wrote:
> but the author has already coded a target="_blank" informing
> both the browser and the screen reader what will happen
> when the link is selected.

This is *one* possibility to open a new window.
Furthermore, if we would rely on target attributes only, what about those
sites using frames? The screenreader would announce that every link will
open a new window.
I have no idea whether it will be that easy to provide a screenreader with
the feature to announce spawned windows. It sounds like building in a pop-up
killer in a screenreader. I agree with you that the browser should provide
this possibility to the user, but it is not a screenreader's task.

P.s. at this moment JAWS announces that a new window has been opened, but
not that it will be opened if you click the link.

Sincerely,
--
Bart Simons
Web Accessibility Specialist
ASCII - European e-government content solutions
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E-mail: bart.simons@ascii.be
Received on Thursday, 4 March 2004 10:05:53 UTC

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