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Re: Spawned browsers

From: Paul Adelson <paul.adelson@citicorp.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 10:00:47 -0500
Message-Id: <199808251501.LAA26659@egate2.citicorp.com>
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Cc: "w3c-wai-ua@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
The 'window.open ( )' command in Javascript will spawn a new browser window.
Some of the options are browser dependent, but with some browsers you can
control
size, placement, whether there is a toolbar, whether the new window has the
focus,
whether it is independent from the parent window, etc.

There is a good, relatively browser-neutral description of the command at:
http://www.builder.com/Programming/Kahn/040898/

 -- Paul

Jon Gunderson wrote:

> What is the HTML that is sent (or other commands) that tells the browser to
> spawn itself?
> Jon
>
> At 02:36 PM 8/24/98 -0500, Paul Adelson wrote:
> >The current UA draft doesn’t seem to cover spawned browser windows 
> >entirely new copies of the browser that can currently be generated
> >without the user’s awareness. Spawned windows present a number of
> >accessibility issues. For instance, I can’t even describe the confusion
> >I recently witnessed when a server error message got routed to an
> >‘invisible’ browser window that didn’t have the focus.
> >
> >The potential for spawned browsers housing nasty applets that a blind
> >user has no way to know about is another problematic issue.
> >
> >I would like to suggest the following:
> >
> >1) The user should have the option of being notified when a new copy of
> >the browser is opened, and that notification should be available to
> >third party applications such as screen readers.
> >2) The user should have the option of overriding any author designated
> >properties for spawned browsers, such as window size, whether or not the
> >standard toolbar is available, whether or not scripts are enabled, etc.
> >3) Every open copy of a browser should have a separate, accessible
> >identifier. For example, Netscape and IE currently put the page name and
> >their name on the browser title-bar (e.g. “YourCo Home  Netscape”).
> >When multiple copies of the browser are open, a more informative title
> >would be something like “YourCo Home  Netscape Copy 3” or “YourCo Home
> > MS Internet Explorer: 2”.
> >
> > -- Paul
> >
> Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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