JavaScript opens new window without warning Accessibility Checkpoint


Avoid specifying a new window as the target of a link using JavaScript.


Displaying new windows without warning can be very confusing to non-sighted and mobile users. Some screen readers and mobile devices give very little indication a new tab or window has opened. If you cannot avoid displaying a new window, insert an “opens in a new window” warning into the link text or add the warning to the link using a title attribute or aria-describedby attribute.

Applicable standards

Change history

  • 6.49 May 2023 Improved detection.
  • 6.47 Dec 2022 Improved event handler detection.
  • 5.38 Jul 2020 Changed rule ID from AccWcag1-10.1.3 to AccHtmlLinkScriptNewWindow.
  • 5.7 Dec 2014 Reduced memory usage on large pages.
  • 5.4 Feb 2014 Fixed false positive.
  • 3.5 Dec 2009 Added.
  • 3.0 Dec 2008 Now triggers WCAG2 issue.

This page describes a web site issue detected in HTML documents by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.

Rule ID: AccHtmlLinkScriptNewWindow