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Re: Target, or opening a new instance of UA with a link

From: Timothy J. Luoma <luomat@peak.org>
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2002 00:24:20 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.4.44.0203030012140.4016-100000@associate>

I suspect that Thomas feels about 'target="_blank"' the way I felt the
other day when someone told me they had found a valid use for <blink>

I love Opera's 'refuse popup windows' feature, esp. in that it will
normally redirect to _self (auto JS popups don't happen at all, and
document.open etc just don't react_.

However, there are valid cases to use 'target="_blank"' and I can name at
least 1.... when writing 'sidebars' for Netscape (what Opera calls

These are reference materials that display in one panel and if you click
on information it *must* open in another window, or else you won't be able
to read it.

So I have two options:
1) leave it broken
2) leave it in XHTML1.0-trans.

I opted to write the page as XHTML-1.0-Strict, make sure it validates,
then add:

	<base target="_blank" />

to the <head> </head> and usually I change the doctype to transitional

I do miss this and wish it wasn't removed.... Yes it can be overused and
misused, but so can 'text-decoration: none;' and a thousand other things.
If we take out everything that can be abused, we'll be back to ASCII ....
and then someone will post in ALL CAPS reminding us we need to go around
and remove the CAPS LOCK key which will help keep caps from being
abused... at the slight inconvenience to anyone who needs to use a lot of
ABBRs ;-)

(Let's not even discuss needing to remove Outlook for encouraging top
posting and not being able to quote properly, or removing > for people who
don't know how to trim replies ;-)

Received on Sunday, 3 March 2002 00:24:21 UTC

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