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Re: New Window inform

From: Lloyd G. Rasmussen <lras@loc.gov>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 15:14:10 -0400
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To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

A Windows user can go into the Start, Settings, Control Panel, Sounds
applet and assign sounds  or earcons to the "open program" and "close
program" events.  Good sound effects are in the Utopia and Robots sound
schemes.  While there, assign the "program error" sound from the Robots
scheme to program errors, and you have a crash which really sounds like a

These earcons don't warn you that a new window is about to open, but tell
you when your actions or the actions of an advertisement have opened
another window.  The annoying thing is that, in your effort to close
various windows, you will end up closing too many and end your browsing
session prematurely.

I would not put a warning inside a hyperlink.  Perhaps just after it.

At 09:19 PM 9/9/02 +0100, you wrote:
>> Does anyone know which user agents don't warn the user about a new
>> window/popup?
>There is only one user agent these days, as far as most people are
>concerned, and it doesn't.
>In practice, no mass market browser is going to warn people by default
>as those authors not forced to obey Section 508 would not stand for
>its getting in the way of their designs.
Braille is the solution to the digital divide.
Lloyd Rasmussen, Senior Staff Engineer
National Library Service f/t Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress    (202) 707-0535  <lras@loc.gov>
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