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

From: Sam Kuper <sam.kuper@uclmail.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 21:59:22 +0000
Message-ID: <4126b3450802201359k43ecb136g7fe4c6502e26e9a3@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org
On 20/02/2008, Philip TAYLOR <Philip-and-LeKhanh@royal-tunbridge-wells.org>
> It may be intuitive for /some/ users.  For myself, whenever
> I need a gloss or guidance from such a form, I right-click
> and select "open in new window".  My decision, not the
> page author's.

Er, we're all happy for you, Philip.

But seriously...

As a matter of fact, I do this myself when I feel the need, and I suspect
that many of the public-html subscribers do too. But not everyone knows
about right-clicking. Nor is it always easy even if one does: I run Vista on
a Macbook, which means I have to use three fingers in a very contorted
position to give me a right-click. I'm very grateful for web applications
that use target="_blank" sensibly: they save my fingers. And users who don't
know about right-clicking are probably grateful if their use of such an
application isn't interrupted in a way they don't know how to prevent.

When the accepted and expected behaviour in userland is that a new, generic
window should open, it should be easy to author. HTML already has the
solution (target="_blank"), and should retain it.

When a new generic window is inappropriate, authors should do the right
thing and refrain from using target="_blank", just as they should (and,
nowadays, largely do) refrain from using tables for presentation.

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, etc, etc.

Received on Wednesday, 20 February 2008 21:59:33 UTC

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