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link opening a new window - techniques to advise the user

From: Antony Tennant <antonytennant@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 09:09:27 +0000 (GMT)
Message-ID: <20060622090927.68730.qmail@web86908.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi all,

My query relates to 10.1 Until user  agents allow users to turn off spawned windows, do not cause pop-ups  or other windows to appear and do not change the current window without  informing the user. [Priority 2] 

I searched the groups and found the the following, http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ig/2002JulSep/0793
in which it covers 3 options

1. have wording in the hyperlink e.g <a href="foo.html">foo (this open a new window)</a>
2. title attribute e.g. <a href="foo.html" title="foo - this open a new window">foo</a>
3. dont open new windows

My queries as follows
Q1 -  Although option 1 seems to be preferred, this may not be suitable for a menu of links, therefore if option 2 is used, should titles be added to all links (even those not opening a window) for consistency, or only those that open the window, require more descriptive text e.g apply.
<a href="foo.html" title="foo - this open a new window">foo</a>
<a href="boo.html" title="boo">boo</a>

Q2 -  if titles are used in a menu, should they be used in text flow rather than adding the text within the hyperlink itself. Again does this need to be consistent.

Considering browser and assistive technologies behaviour, what is best?

Thoughts and suggestions are appreciated


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