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RE: No "target" allowed

From: Aapo Romu <aapo.romu@helsinki.fi>
Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 19:00:06 +0300
To: "Www-Validator" <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <JIECLNBHBMDCKGNGPJOFCEDCCBAA.aapo.romu@helsinki.fi>


I often surf the web in the manner that I find few good pages linking to ie.
different manufacturers with appropriate search engine. Because in that case
I'm mainly looking for good link sites I prefer that those links are opened
in new window so that I get back quickly to the link site when I'm done with
the target.

So my personal opinion is that the technique is good when used in
appropriate situations.

Of course as with any technique you can make the usability a horror if you
use it unwisely.

Best Regards:
	Aapo Romu

-----Original Message-----
From: www-validator-request@w3.org
[mailto:www-validator-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Pete Prodoehl
Sent: 28. toukokuuta 2004 16:49
To: Bernhard Kraft
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Subject: Re: No "target" allowed

Bernhard Kraft wrote:
> David Dorward wrote:

>> Unfortunately I have lost the reference, but I recently saw a report
>> written after observing users testing a website. Some links opened new
>> windows to Amazon.com - this caused a significant number of users great
>> difficulty because the back button was greyed out.

See "The Top Ten New Mistakes of Web Design"


1. Breaking or Slowing Down the Back Button
2. Opening New Browser Windows

(Violating the first two...)

> So some usability studies returned a result for a long question of mine.
> If I really should open links to external pages in a new window ...
> I personally never had a decision on this but my boss wants me to make
> links like this, so "our" website stays open.

If your boss thinks this will keep people on your site he is sadly
mistaken... They way to keep people on your site, and get them to
return, is to provide something of value to the user, not through
trickery or poor usability.

Received on Friday, 28 May 2004 12:00:14 UTC

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