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

From: Daniel <crazy-daniel@gmx.de>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 13:36:03 +0100
Message-ID: <47B82A33.40403@gmx.de>
To: public-html@w3.org

Karl Groves wrote:

> I know this is venturing a bit off topic, but in usability studies, people actually get lost after new windows are opened. In other words, it has the exact opposite effect than what you desire.

I'd like to support this direction of the topic. Since I've switched to 
Firefox in late 2004 I configured it to open everything in the same 
window/tab. I've never missed the behaviour of links opening in a new 
window since then.

If it'll be added as conforming authors should be discouraged from using 
it. I know that window.open() works differently, but I don't think that 
it's a bad alternative. However, I can see that there's a desire to 
include it as part of the core language.

As a sidenote, at least by german law there's no difference if a link is 
opened in the same window/tab or a completely new one (which is one of 
the main arguments I hear why target is used).

Received on Sunday, 17 February 2008 17:18:38 UTC

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