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Browser defaults should please the mass of authors

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:13:04 +0300
Message-Id: <1592F4D4-F593-418C-8836-F711FD72B38B@iki.fi>
To: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>

On Apr 21, 2008, at 07:39, whatwg@whatwg.org wrote:

> Log:
> [c] (0) Allow _blank, but encourage UAs to not open new windows.
> +    <p>User agents are encouraged to default to being configured to  
> always
> +     reuse the current browsing context, or to at least provide  
> that option
> +     to the user.</p>

I think this is a bad recommendation. Browser defaults should please  
the mass of *authors*. If this is in conflict with pleasing users,  
users should have to opt in by flipping a pref.

If the mass of authors doesn't like the default, they'll work around  
the defaults making it even harder for users to take counter measures.

Previous evidence:
  * Virtually everyone zaps the link border around images because it  
is horribly ugly even if in theory it make linkness clearer to the user.
  * Some authors use JavaScript or CSS to get rid of focus indicators  
because focus indicators deface their art.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Monday, 21 April 2008 08:13:56 UTC

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