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HTML Test Suite for WCAG 2.0
Test 68 - area should not open new window without warning.

W3C Editor's Draft 2005-08-11

Chris Ridpath, ATRC, University Of Toronto
Jenae Andershonis, Microsoft Inc.


This test case was created by the ATRC at the University Of Toronto. It should not be construed as required for conformance with the proposed WCAG2.

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Status Of This Test

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WCAG2 Guideline

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There are no techniques related to this test.

Prerequisite Tests

There are no prerequisite tests for this test.

Test Process


  1. Check for the presence of a target attribute on each area element.
  2. If the area element has a target attribute then check if the target attribute's value is one of _self, _top, or _parent.
  3. If the target attribute's value is not _self, _top, or _parent then check if the content text contains a warning letting the user know that the imagemap will open a new window.

Expected Results

  1. If the area element opens a new window then the content must contain a warning to the user.

Fail Instructions

  1. Add a warning that the area element opens a new window.

Pass Instructions

Any accessibility check may be performed after this test.

Test Files

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