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Rule n° 141 - The user is notified when new windows are to be opened.

Contrary to popular legend, open a new window is not a technique banned on the accessibility plan. However, if you choose to do so, be sure to warn users.

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Goal

  • Allow users to anticipate what will happen when a link is activated.
  • Prevent users of technical aids from becoming disoriented when a new window opens, which Is not always perceptible and which disrupts the use of the browsing history, in particular.
  • Improve the accessibility of content for people with disabilities.

Implementation

Add a note of the "(new window)" type, either directly in the wording of the link, or in its title attribute which must then take over and complete the caption.

Add a note of the type "(new window)" in the control labels form, in button labels or in any other object that opens a new window.

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Control

In the pages checked:

  • Identify the links and other controls for opening a new window, i.e.:
    • The uses of the target attribute in the generated HTML source;
    • The uses of the window.open functionality using a search in the JavaScript files and in the HTML source;
  • For each of these links, regardless of the technology used, check for the presence of an explicit warning that can be consulted before any action.

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Business application and benefits

The rules should be applied to your projects from the design phase through to post-implementation , and they should be understood by all professionals with web and customer experience (CX) responsibilities: from strategy to operations, marketers to project managers, and editorial to technical staff. The benefits of using this ruleset are numerous, including improving customer satisfaction, web performance, and e-commerce, and expanding your client base, while also decreasing your errors and costs.

Multidisciplinary verticles - accessiiblity, SEO, e-commerce, ecodesign etc..- starting from the foundational Opquast base.

The objective of these rules and the Opquast community mission is ‘making the web better’ for your customers and for everyone! Opquast rules cover the key major areas of risk that can negatively affect website users such as privacy, ecodesign, accessibility and security.

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