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

From: Sam Kuper <sam.kuper@uclmail.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 00:39:07 +0000
Message-ID: <4126b3450802201639n1c8c84a1u8b4a6ac83b546e87@mail.gmail.com>
To: HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>
On 21/02/2008, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
> Philip TAYLOR wrote:
> > The decision as to whether to open in the same
> > window, the same window but a new tab, or in
> > a new window, should be the user's and the user's
> > alone.  The document can offer guidance (such as
> > "best opened in a new window"), but should not
> > enforce that behaviour.

For what it's worth, Gecko treats target="_blank" as exactly such a
> hint.  There is a user preference for where to actually target the load.
> -Boris

So in this case, the user agent allows the user to override link targets by
right-clicking and choosing from a menu. Gecko is just providing the
counterpart command to Right-click > Open in new window . I think this is
fair enough and might answer Philip Taylor's concerns. So a link with no
target specified will open in the same window if it's left-clicked. A link
with target="_blank" will open in a new window/tab when it's left-clicked.
But right-clicking on either will give the user the choice to open in the
same window, or a new window or tab.

Perhaps the HTML5 spec should, in addition to retaining target="_blank",
require this behaviour of user agents.

Received on Thursday, 21 February 2008 00:39:15 UTC

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