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Re: [whatwg] Proposal for Links to Unrelated Browsing Contexts

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:11:03 +0000 (UTC)
To: Charlie Reis <creis@chromium.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1209241908230.27765@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
Cc: whatwg@lists.whatwg.org
On Mon, 27 Aug 2012, Charlie Reis wrote:
> > 
> > Does this need to be done from window.open()?
> 
> Yes.  For example, Gmail uses window.open() for the links in emails, but 
> would like the links to open in an unrelated context.

Why does GMail need to use window.open()? Surely the right way to expose a 
link is to use <a href="">. What is forcing them to use window.open()? 
(Using window.open() has a number of negative side-effects, so if we could 
move them off that that would be a win. Furthermore, not having to support 
window.open() here would in general make this far easier. So if there 
really is a need to support window.open(), I would like to understand it.)

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