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Unnecessary aria-label on text links opening new windows #20129

aardrian opened this issue Feb 9, 2020 · 3 comments

Unnecessary aria-label on text links opening new windows #20129

aardrian opened this issue Feb 9, 2020 · 3 comments


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@aardrian aardrian commented Feb 9, 2020

Describe the bug
If I create a link that opens in a new window, the link gets an aria-label attribute with the full text of the link plus the text "(opens in a new tab)".

For pages that are machine-translated, aria-label is only automatically translated in Chrome and ChromiEdge. That means for more than half of screen reader users who visit a page in another language, they will hear the link in the page's original language even though the link text itself will be translated.

This is an accessibility / internationalization issue.

To reproduce
Steps to reproduce the behavior:

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  2. Select any piece of text and add a link.
  3. After adding the link, toggle the option to open in new tab.
  4. Change to Edit as HTML.

Expected behavior
The aria-label attribute should not be used.

Instead of this:

<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="building engaging content (opens in a new tab)">building engaging content</a>

It should be this:

<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">building engaging content</a>

Gutenberg can add plain text into the link text announcing the new window, thereby benefiting all users regardless of language.

Text link highlighted with new window chosen.
HTML view showing the aria-label on the link.

Desktop (please complete the following information):

  • OS: Windows
  • Browser: Firefox 72, Chrome 79

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@swissspidy swissspidy commented Feb 10, 2020

Sounds like a duplicate of #18727.


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@aardrian aardrian commented Feb 10, 2020

Similar problem with same solution.

In Marco's case, he is an author trying to add a link in the language of the site and getting the "opens in new window" text in English. That affects site authors.

In my example, a user would try to auto-translate a page, and the entire text string (not the just "opens in new window") would not get translated.

Thanks for linking that, though. I did not find it when I looked for existing issues.


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@youknowriad youknowriad commented Feb 12, 2020

also, duplicate of #12325 which is also discussed in #18742

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