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RE: Inline link icons

From: Lois Wakeman <lois@lois.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 11:27:33 +0100
Message-ID: <B0107004912@inetc133.inetc.net>
To: "WAI list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

It should be left to the user to decide whether to open a new window,
surely? I personally dislike new windows opened for me for no very good
reason*, and even as an experienced web user with no need for AT, find them
tiresome and occasionally confusing if badly thought out.
*There may be a good reason in your case of course, but I don't know what it
I am sure there is research about this: I seem to recall that Jakob Neilsen
has an elderly Alertbox about how much users rely on the back button working
- I use it a lot myself as it is often quicker and more effortless than
hunting about the site navigation! 
I have no special problem with the icon as an aid to those who can see it,
though I might think instead about a title on the link that includes the
file type - no need to specify a file size on an intranet unless it is
enormous. A link title *and* an icon would be annoying overkill for anyone
using a screen reader who had things set up to read it out in duplicate.
Lois Wakeman
Received on Thursday, 21 July 2005 10:31:04 UTC

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