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Ensure that users are notified when a link is going to open in a new tab or browser window.
Why this matters
It’s helpful for users to know if a link is going to open a new window, especially if they use a screen reader or screen magnifier. Without the notification, it’s easy for users to become lost, not knowing that their context has changed.
How to implement
- Ensure that the
<svg> <title>attribute being used as alt text reflects that the link will open in a new tab.
- Ensure an
aria-labelledbyattribute on the link itself reflects that the link will open in a new tab.
In either case, ensure you’re using the content provided by your Writer.
How to test
For each icon link that opens a new window:
- Does the screen reader indicate that the link will open in a new window?
- Is the alt text or label as specified by your Writer?