RE: Maybe I'm Not Such An Old Dog

  • From: "Holdsworth, Lynn" <Lynn.Holdsworth@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:53:23 +0100

Hi Jim,
Yes, opening a new window seems far more preferable to me than layering
a dynamic light box that screen reader users don't know has appeared.
How the worm has turned!
Cheers, Lynn


From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Homme, James
Sent: 20 July 2011 12:51
To: Homme, James
Subject: Maybe I'm Not Such An Old Dog


I know that popping open new browser windows is against accessibility
guidelines, but I'm beginning to re-think my aversion to doing that,
partly because I like the new way browsers open windows. I like tabs. I
also like that when I return to the previous tab, I'm exactly where I
left off reading. Recently, with more dynamic pages, it has become more
and more unreliable to use the back button to get back to where I was.
I'm even experimenting with opening links in a separate browser window
on purpose. I'd still like to know, though, if a link is about to open
in a separate window, even if it's for informational reasons. JAWS does
a good job, though, of telling me that a new tab has opened. 

Jim Homme,

Usability Services,

Phone: 412-544-1810.


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