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Re: Questions about WCAG 2.0

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:00:45 -0500
To: Damon Bullis <Damon.Bullis@utsa.edu>
Message-Id: <6A3CA085-3745-4FD8-9709-51088F5EBC68@w3.org>
Cc: "site-comments@w3.org help" <site-comments@w3.org>, Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>

On 18 Aug 2010, at 4:44 AM, Damon Bullis wrote:

> Hello,
> I had one question about WCAG 2.0 and a suggestion for modifying/  
> changing it.

Hi Damon,

I had a look in WCAG 2.0 [1] about where to send comments. The  
document suggests:

   "The Working Group requests that any comments be made using the  
provided online comment form. If this is not possible, comments can  
also be sent to public-comments-wcag20@w3.org. The archives for the  
public comments list are publicly available. Comments received on the  
WCAG 2.0 Recommendation cannot result in changes to this version of  
the guidelines, but may be addressed in errata or future versions of  

The online comment form is:

I hope you will make your suggestion directly to the group. Thank you,

  _ Ian

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/

> 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?
> Iím 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.  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.
> Thanks for listening to my question and suggestion.
> Damon

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