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RE: Should pdf and doc open alone or inside the browser

From: John Foliot - WATS.ca <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 11:27:40 -0400
To: "'Access Systems'" <accessys@smart.net>, "'Jesper Tverskov'" <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <00a701c473ee$63f9c320$6601a8c0@bosshog>

> On Tue, 27 Jul 2004, Jesper Tverskov wrote:
> > I have done some more testing of how pdf, doc, xls, ppt, open in 
> > browsers, and I must say it settles the issue for me.
> > MS Applications
> > When a doc, xls, ppt open inside IE, it looks more like it is IE 
> > opening inside the application or a mixture of the two. The 
> menu line 
> > is mainly the application but some of the menu items very 
> confusingly 
> > belong to the browser. The browser's address line and the browser 
> > standard icon panel are present, but are inaccessible to ordinary 
> > keyboard users with some exceptions like Home.
> hmmmm, in Mozila running on Linux, mine triggers Open Office 
> and it opens as a document in OO.o and I can control it with 
> standard Open Office commands.  close the doc and I go right 
> back to the Mozila browser???
> not sure if this is Default or I somehow accidently set it up this way
> Bob

If nothing else Bob, it simply illustrates that different users have
configured their machines... well, differently.  And that's the point
isn't it?  We, as web developers, should not, CAN NOT, make assumptions
about *HOW* other users will choose to access our content.  Attempting
to control behaviours of the end user's system is counter to the whole
idea of Universal Accessibility.  You yourself state that you're not
sure if you set up the behaviour exhibited or if it is the default, but
now, it is what you "expect", right or wrong.  Who am I to decide that
you should get the "something" differently, just because I think it is


John Foliot  foliot@wats.ca
Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca   1.866.932.4878 (North America) 
Received on Tuesday, 27 July 2004 11:29:46 UTC

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