There is nothing more irritating to a visitor than a site that appears to be trying to control them, either by forcing them down particular paths, of by disabling features of their browser interface.

Here are a couple of examples of the sort of thing I am talking about:

  • Opening new windows, so that the original site is still hovering in the background; if the visitor wants to come back to your site they can click the back button and if they want to open a new window they can do it themselves.
  • Using scripts to disable the back button, disable right clicking, or subvert some other aspect of the browser interface.

Working with non-profits, charities, voluntary and public sector organisations and social enterprises for over 20 years. Jim set up one of the worlds first website accessibility web agencies in the mid 1990s.