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Re: Popup windows and JAWS


From: ckrugman@sbcglobal.net
Date: Oct 28, 2009 11:30AM

glad to know that you haven't imploemented the captcha as it is a nightmare
for blind users. Even the audio captcha formats in many cases leave much to
be desired.
----- Original Message -----
From: "James Leslie" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 4:43 AM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Popup windows and JAWS

> Thanks for the link, it's interesting. Without wanting to sidetrack the
> topic too much, I have had a live site for 4 years with a mailto link
> that has only received 2 pieces of spam in that time... both from the
> same company.
> I definitely agree about the default mail client aspect though.
> Unfortunately the web being such a young medium means there is no
> perfect answer to most of these solutions. Nearly every site I make uses
> contact forms instead of mailto links but they suffer from spam through
> the form, the only solution we currently have to this is a CAPTCHA,
> which have numerous problems of their own, so haven't been implemented.
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Steven
> Henderson
> Sent: 28 October 2009 11:31
> To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Popup windows and JAWS
> Mailto links ... where to start. Here is a link to some issues that I
> agree
> with:
> http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/12/06/10-reasons-to-avoid-mailto
> -lin
> ks/
> In my experience, back in university and in corporate work environments,
> mailto links would default to a mail client assigned to your system user
> profile (usually Outlook) which is fine. Outside these environments
> however, it is largely a different story ... people don't generally use
> mail clients but instead use web mail such as gmail, hotmail or other
> social network hybrids. For those people (generally the people I build
> websites for) mailto links result in a blank window - very
> unprofessional and definitely not identifying with the change of times
> of my target users.
> My rule is, if it for internal company web pages, then they are
> definitely handy. Otherwise, they don't serve the vast majority of other
> users.
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