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Re: No tabbed browsing in HTML 5?

From: Justin Anthony Knapp <justinkoavf@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 11:42:49 -0400
Message-ID: <207d16d0809180842h2d828a22y97edd13632ac3d95@mail.gmail.com>
To: john@netpurgatory.com
Cc: N-at-Work <info@n-at-work.net>, public-html@w3.org
It seems that most browsers have an option to "open in new window" or "open
in new tab" and that is probably best handled as a end-user issue. I
understand your rationale, though.

And, as pointed out, someone will find a work-around: some script
bookmarklet or Firefox extension that opens the _tabs in _windows and
vice-versa. The notion of declaring parts of the browser is a bit silly to
me. Why not _new or _newdocument or somesuch to signify that this link is
probably not supposed to replace this document's display, but can be
displayed however the end user and the permissions of his program allow?


On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 11:33, John C. Vernaleo <john@netpurgatory.com>wrote:

> On Thu, 18 Sep 2008, N-at-Work wrote:
>> So what do you think about ?_tab? as an additional keyword.
>> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#target6
>> +
> I for one really don't see how that is a legit thing for authors to decide.
>  Seems completely a user agent decision to me.  (Not to mention terminal
> based browsers like lynx and screen readers that would have no reasonable
> way to support it.)
> I can barely remember how I used the web before tabs, but I still wouldn't
> want to give control of that to the html author (and as an author I wouldn't
> want that control either).  If it were added to the spec, then browsers
> would have to come up with a way to ignore them which seems like it means
> extra work has to get done by everyone.

*Shalom and agape to all*

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