RE: No new browser windows... ever??

Subject: RE: No new browser windows... ever??
From: "Mike Starr" <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 01:17:44 -0600

I make it a habit to include the phrase "... open a new window ..." in the
"Alt" text for links that spawn a new browser window. That would seem to
satisfy the directive you're referring to.


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-----------------------Original Message-----------------------
>From: Jean Hollis Weber [mailto:jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com]
>To: TECHWR-L [mailto:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]; HATT -at- yahoogroups -dot- com
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>Date: 2/15/2002 12:01:00 AM
>Subject: [HATT] Re: No new browser windows... ever??
>Tom Murrell came up with the best reason (for me) to *not* open new
>windows. I had completely forgotten about that item on the WAI list. As
>of the goals for my websites is to meet accessibility standards as much as
>I can, I now realise that my habit of opening a new browser window for
>links to other sites (not for links within my own site) contradicts one of
>my major goals, so I will stop doing that. At least it's easy to delete
>the target="_blank" attributes from a website.
>Thanks, Tom!
>Regards, Jean
>Jean Hollis Weber
>mailto:jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com
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>Tom Murrell wrote (on TECHWR-L):
>>Jenise Cook wants to know if there's a good reason why you shouldn't open
>>browser windows (sort of).
>>Check point 10.1 of the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) states:
>>"Until user agents allow users to turn off spawned windows, do not cause
>>pop-ups or other windows to appear and do not change the current window
>>informing the user."
>>Of course, a fair question is why. The explanation offered by WAI is
>>at this link:
>>Of course, you can choose to use pop-ups or not, but if you're trying to
>>some standards, and if perhaps your company wants to make its content as
>>generally accessible as possible, this guideline might help understand
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