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

From: Michael A. Puls II <shadow2531@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:38:44 -0500
Message-ID: <6b9c91b20802221438v4c8f7071wb1bcaa0111fde27b@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Sam Kuper" <sam.kuper@uclmail.net>
Cc: "Justin James" <j_james@mindspring.com>, HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>

1. Make target="_blank" conforming and explain what it's supposed to do.

2. Give some informative advice for when it should be used:

For example, opening each help link in a new window/tab so the user
isn't navigated away from the current page because navigating away and
going back in history is destructive to the session, would be O.K.

3. Give some informative advice for when it should not be used:

For example, if navigating away from the current page is not
destructive to the session, then don't use target="_blank". Let users
decide whether they want to open in a new tab/window.

Of course, choose the wording however you like.

Then, if a site opens links in a new tab/window when you don't
consider there being and good reason, you just take it up with the

That really seems like the only way to go.

Received on Friday, 22 February 2008 22:38:55 UTC

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