WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

E-mail List Archives

Re: Popup windows and JAWS


From: James Leslie
Date: Oct 28, 2009 5:00AM

In general I agree, but unfortunately client demands will tend to always
win. Many of the sites I produce are help/FAQ sites that relate to
specific parts of a clients site (such as shopping cart) and it would be
probably worse for a user to be removed from halfway through a purchase
to find out information for something, than to open a (warned about)

Can I ask what is so wrong with mailto links? I still use them in places
and have never had a problem with them, or heard of any?


-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Steven
Sent: 28 October 2009 10:45
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Popup windows and JAWS

I have to say that I agree that how a window opens should be the user's
choice. The web browser is a single application instance that a user has
chosen to open. They expect 'it' to open as a new window because it is a
windowed application, but to then treat links within that browser
instance as additional application windows is just plain wrong (for the
same reasons Simius points out). Imagine if every action you wanted to
carry out in your daily applications such as bolding text in Word or
using a tool in Photoshop prompted a new window ... ouch, that'd be a
real b*****d!

I think the target attribute belongs in history like mailto links

Transversal Corporation Ltd will be exhibiting at CIPD Annual conference & exhibition 2009 in
Manchester between 17 - 19 November, stand 510.