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

From: David Dorward <david@us-lot.org>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 15:53:39 +0000
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On 4 Mar 2004, at 15:38, David Poehlman wrote:
> This implies that old is bad and though
> that may be a way to think, it is not necessarily true.

It shouldn't imply that. All that should be implied is that software 
which fails to provide a warning is (in that respect) inferior to 
software which does.

> The benefit you achieve is that it does not actual harm to let people 
> know.

It might not cause harm from a point of view which strictly considers 
accessibility, however it does:

* Increase work required from the developer
* Increase (very slightly) bandwidth and data storage requirements
* Provide false information to some users
* Provide duplicate information to some users

I would consider all of the above 'harm', although perhaps not to 

As Phil Jenkins said - the information that a new window will open is 
already available to the user agent. It has been that way since it was 
possible for an author to prompt the browser to open a new window, and 
user agents which take advantage of this information already exist.

David Dorward
Received on Thursday, 4 March 2004 10:53:44 UTC

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