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Re: New Window Openings

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:01:20 -0700
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To: zia_tiger@hotmail.com
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 7:17 AM,  <zia_tiger@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Name: Damon Bullis
> Email: zia_tiger@hotmail.com
> Affiliation:
> Document: W2
> Item Number: (none selected)
> Part of Item:
> Comment Type: technical
> Summary of Issue: New Window Openings
> Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
> My question is to clarify the part about opening up new windows when a user clicks on a link/ image.  What is the proper way of notifying the user that a new window will open up?  Is it limited to just the text after the link?  Or can you use the alt or title attribute of the link to convey that information to the user?  What is acceptable for A or AA or AAA?
> I’m of the mindset that the user should have some control over whatever the web developer created. Which leads me to my suggestion/modification, which I realize you do not have any direct control over but W3 could be the organization that to talk to those involved with the process.
> Proposed Change:
> Why not have (force) all browsers have the ability to open the link in the same window just like the users have the option of opening the link in a new window or tab?  That way any device can set its default settings to not allow a new window/tab from opening? This could allow for greater accessibility for all.
Response from the Working Group
You are correct. This is browser behavior and not within the scope of
our working group.

We suggest that you direct this suggestion the UAAG working group.
Note that there are some times (such as when you are filling out a
long form and click on a help link, that going to a new page (and
losing all the data that has been filled in) would not be necessarily

Loretta Guarino Reid, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Gregg Vanderheiden, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Michael Cooper, WCAG WG Staff Contact

On behalf of the WCAG Working Group
Received on Friday, 27 August 2010 00:01:49 UTC

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