[NTLK] Would or wouldn't you prefer the images on my site to open in a new browser window?

Aaron Brigati abrigati at gmail.com
Sat Aug 14 04:15:56 EDT 2010

For what it's worth, it drives me up the wall when a link forces  
itself to open in a new window.

I say ditch it. If someone wants to look at the images in high-res  
and doesn't want to lose their place in the page, let them middle- 
click the link and open it in a new tab. While Newt browsers aren't  
tabbed pretty much everything else is. Even the browser on my Amiga  
supports tabs. :)

On Aug 13, 2010, at 9:15 PM, Frank Gruendel wrote:

> Hi folks,
> while working on a web page I have noticed that in HTML 4.01 Strict  
> the "target" attribute is no
> longer supported. Although all browsers that I know of still  
> support it even if the document type
> actually _is_  HTML 4.01 Strict, this means that, strictly  
> speaking, my pages would contain invalid
> html code.
> To the best of my knowledge this attribute was removed because the  
> powers behind the HTML specs
> think that forcing links to open in a new window is impolite to the  
> user. After all, if the user
> wants to open the link in a new window, he can do so without a  
> problem.
> Still, I'm not sure if I should remove this feature. I assume that  
> someone who looks at e. g. the
> disassembly instructions for a 2100
>     http://www.pda-soft.de/2x00_disassemble.html
> will probably want to see pretty much every image in higher  
> resolution. The way the page is written
> now, seeing and discarding it requires two clicks. One click on the  
> image (which will open it in a
> new browser window), and one to close said browser window.
> NOT opening it in a new browser window would require two clicks,  
> too. One to get at the image, one
> to click on "Back". The latter is what made me choose the new  
> browser window strategy in the first
> place. Going back to the previous page often takes, for reasons  
> that are completely beyond my
> understanding, significantly longer than simply closing the new  
> browser window. This is why I open
> almost EVERY link in a new browser window.
> How do you folks out there browse my site's pages? Would you  
> consider it a drawback if images would
> no longer open in a new browser window? Or would you even consider  
> it a benefit? I don't think there
> will be a unanimous decision, but I hope there will be at least a  
> majority for one way or the other.
> If you don't want my pages to change in a way you do not want, make  
> sure to speak up. Since this
> isn't really that Newton-specific, please do not post to the list.
> Thanks
> Frank
> -- Newton software and hardware at http://www.pda-soft.de
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