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

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 16:44:25 +0100
Message-ID: <47B85659.4030704@lachy.id.au>
To: Jeff Schiller <codedread@gmail.com>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Jeff Schiller wrote:
> I'm not sure why _blank was not made conforming, can anyone give the 
> history?

I believe it was made non-conforming because forcing new windows upon 
users is a very user-hostile thing to do, and making it non-conforming 
was intended as a way to discourage that practice.

However, evidence suggests that authors just don't care how much they 
annoy users and use various techniques to open popups anyway. 
Unfortunately, the alternative approaches using window.open() that 
authors fall back to when they're told they can't use target="_blank" 
are much worse from the user's perspective, since it's much harder 
(though still possible) to override.

Therefore, the one and only valid and convincing reason to allow 
target="_blank" is because it is the least user-hostile approach to 
opening new windows and should be encouraged over other alternatives 
(although the practice of opening new windows at all should still be 
strongly discouraged).

Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
Received on Sunday, 17 February 2008 15:44:41 UTC

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