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Re: WCAG 1.0/2.0 and buttons that open a new window?


From: Steve Green
Date: Jun 25, 2008 3:50AM

The use of 'alt' and 'title' attributes is not an accessible means of
providing this information. The 'alt' attribute is not available to anyone
who has images enabled, and the 'title' attribute is not available to many
groups such as text browsers, screen readers and anyone using keyboard

The only way to make the information truly accessible is to include it in
the text on the page.


-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jennison Mark
Sent: 24 June 2008 22:53
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] WCAG 1.0/2.0 and buttons that open a new window?


Passing on a question from a colleague:

"Based on either WCAG 1.0 or WCAG 2.0, I've been looking for direction
regarding the opening of new windows and notifying the user beforehand.
In order to notify the user beforehand that an element will open a new
window, I've seen references to providing titles on hyperlinks and alt on
input type of image (understanding that entry input types of radio, text,
checkbox, file, and password shouldn't open new windows automatically).
However, I can't seem to find any reference to how to implement notification
to the user that an input type of button will open a new window.

Can you indicate whether it is a requirement to notify the user if an input
type of button opens a new window? If the answer is yes, can you provide
some guidance on how this would be implemented in the code (e.g., through
the use of title, alt, etc.)?"