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Re: link opening a new window - techniques to advise the user

From: John S. Britsios <john.britsios@webnauts.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 09:34:53 +0200
Message-ID: <44A0DF9D.4030400@webnauts.net>
To: Antony Tennant <antonytennant@yahoo.co.uk>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org


here is a tutorial we published on our web site about this issue: 

Best wishes,


Antony Tennant wrote:
> 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.
> Example 
> <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
> Thanks
> Antony

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