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Re: Why authors are using Transitional (and target="_blank")

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 16:13:15 +0200
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <A0C97EEC-BCD4-445D-8108-85CA5C6327DD@iki.fi>
To: 12421170.53491203248875435.JavaMail.root@mail.ff44a.com

On Feb 17, 2008, at 14:54, Daniel Schattenkirchner wrote:

> Karl Groves wrote:
>
>> I know this is venturing a bit off topic, but in usability studies,  
>> people actually get lost after new windows are opened. In other  
>> words, it has the exact opposite effect than what you desire.
>
> I'd like to support this direction of the topic. Since I've switched  
> to Firefox in late 2004 I configured it to open everything in the  
> same window/tab. I've never missed the behaviour of links opening in  
> a new window since then.


That's *precisely* why HTML5 should *allow* target='_blank'. When the  
easily detectable way of doing something that you don't want authors  
to do but they want to do *anyway* is conforming and supported by  
browsers by default, it is easier for you to take counter-measures  
than it would be if the authors used something less easy to detect and  
counter (such as window.open()).

-- 
Henri Sivonen
hsivonen@iki.fi
http://hsivonen.iki.fi/
Received on Sunday, 17 February 2008 14:13:31 UTC

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