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RE: link opening a new window - techniques to advise the user

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 13:27:07 +0100
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> David Poehlman

> What happens if I have spawning new windows turned off and I 
> activate  
> a link which is supposed to "open a new window"?

Then the user should know that it obviously won't open a new window,
as the user has explicitly disabled this kind of behaviour him-/herself

> It's been my experience that opening new windows is counter  
> productive unless you also provide a return function in the new  
> window.  While a new window is open, I have found that user agent  
> menus are non operable.

That's a completely separate issue: the spawning of "chromeless"
windows (explicitly turning off menus, toolbar buttons, etc).
This does not apply to all new windows.

Patrick H. Lauke
Web Editor / University of Salford
Web Standards Project (WaSP) Accessibility Task Force
Received on Thursday, 22 June 2006 12:27:08 UTC

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