Target focus must be in content window

Definition The target of a link must result in focus the content the window if the target results in more than one window opening.
Purpose
  • User's can become disoriented if the focus causes unpredicatable actions, including new URLs and popup windows for advertisements or promotions.
Required Yes for HTML4 Legacy Techniques ruleset mapping
WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria

3.2.1 On Focus (Level A, Primary Success Criterion)

Rule Category Links
Scope Element
Target Resources a, area and role="link" elements
  • a
  • area
  • select
Techniques
  • Do not link to URLs that open multiple windows and do not manage the focus to be in the content windoow the user was expecting by following the link.
Manual Checks
  • After selecting a link and if it opens multiple windows, make sure the keyboard focus is in the content window.
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