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Re: on the future: was: Re: forms problem

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 23:48:57 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200201152348.g0FNmvW04635@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> So I use 'title' within all <A> tags linking to the pop-up window
> (indicating that it will be opened in a new window), coupled with text on

That's unsafe, as it is making unwarranted assumptions about the semantics
associated with title.

> the pop-up page as to how to navigate and close the pop-up. But on the other
> hand, this checkpoint also states that I shouldn't be using pop-ups in the
> first place?

It's saying that popups are a bad thing for some users, but implies that
they may be useful to other users.  In an ideal world, those users who
can't cope with popups, should be able to disable them in their browser
(I suspect the assumption was that the current page would be pushed on the
stack, as for a simple link, rather than the current, common, scripting
solution).  However, in the real world, rather than foregoing popups for
those who like them, you should warn people before you cause a popup.
My interpretation would be that you should do this in the text, not
in attributes.

Note that other rules mean that you cannot assume that frames features
exist or that scripting is possible (there are continuing reasons why
scripting should not be assumed).
Received on Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:30:55 UTC

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