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[whatwg] Target Attribute Values

From: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 12:42:54 +0100
Message-ID: <20070428114254.GD20468@stripey.com>
Lachlan Hunt writes:

> You're assuming there is actually a valid use case for the popup in
> the first place.

But as you've already pointed out, browsers can offer users who never
want to have links automatically open anywhere than the current window,
so webpages' hints are completely ignored anyway.

Similarly for those users who want tabs instead of windows, or always
want new tabs on all links, or always want new pages for off-domain
links, or ...

So target (except for frames within a page) is only relevant for users
who like some things to open in new windows, and trust webpages to offer
hints on which links are appropriate for this.  As such, the views of
people who never want new windows don't need to be taken into account
here -- because they won't be affected whatever happens!

Received on Saturday, 28 April 2007 04:42:54 UTC

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