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Re: opening new windows

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 11:09:03 +0200
Cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Message-Id: <26A83319-B2B6-11D7-B08E-000A958826AA@sidar.org>

In most browsers users can choose to open a link in the same place, in 
a new tab, in a new window entirely, etc. And they have the back button 
if they would like to check briefly what they are doing. There are 
usability problems in opening new windows on people, even to solve 
other usability problems.

So my preference is to let the user decide on new windows or not.

Another possiblity is to have a context-sensitive help that actually 
produces a version of the current page but with more help included. 
Xforms allows for something like this as a normal part of the 

my 2 cents worth...



On Thursday, Jul 10, 2003, at 09:33 Europe/Zurich, Scarlett Julian (ED) 

> I know that it's not good practice to open new windows but I think 
> that there are instances where it is valuable from a usability point 
> of view. Currently I am working on a help system for an intranet and 
> want the help page(s) to open in a new window (with the necessary 
> prior warning to users of course) so that users can work through the 
> help page whilst still looking at the site. My questions is, since the 
> use of target is deprecated, how is it possible to open a new window 
> without the use of javascript? I don't really want to use client-side 
> scripting if at all possible but can't see any way round this problem.
> thanks
> Julian
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