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Re: Validation error frequencies (target="_new")

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2008 04:02:07 -0600
Message-ID: <47A9859F.5000202@mit.edu>
To: "j.j." <moz@jeka.info>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>

j.j. wrote:
>> Firefox handles target="_new" specially like target="_blank".
> 
> Indeed, I see now and ask me why.

Some CVS archeology leads me to think that 
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=17468#c28 is the only 
justification.  Prior to that, there was no "_new" in the relevant part of 
Gecko.  Of course about 6 weeks before that there was no "_blank" either; window 
targeting was just being implemented at the time.

If that is indeed the only reason "_new" is supported, perhaps it should be 
removed.  Technically the change is quite easy, if it doesn't break content 
(sounds like it shouldn't, that much).

Note that there are older appearances of "_new" in the plug-in code, so 
apparently some plug-ins like to pass that through the plug-in API and expect to 
get a new window.  But that shouldn't affect HTML, of course.  I can't tell you 
the source of those offhand, because they got imported into the public CVS 
repository with the original Netscape code as far as I can tell.

-Boris
Received on Wednesday, 6 February 2008 10:01:59 GMT

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