6966Re: [NH] Use Of target="_blank"
- Mar 26, 2011Hi Lotta,
Thank you for your insights. What do you say to the problem that annoys me
about sites that don't provide easy links to backtrack? IOW, I have visited
sites where I have clicked seven or eight windows deep and then want to go
back to say the third or fourth window. Yes, I can hit backspace four times.
That has happened often enough so that now, when I am visiting an
unfamiliar site I often shift-click to each successive window so that I
don't "get lost" in backtracking.
Maybe I'm glum because winter has returned to the northeast U.S. and sunrise
is still hours away.
On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 4:15 AM, loro <tabbie@...> wrote:
> Ray Shapp wrote:
> >Please tell me your opinion about using target="_blank" in hyperlinks.
> >Well over a year ago, this topic was discussed on this Y! group or on
> >ntb-clips. I recall some folks advocated strongly, but I don't remember
> >the arguments were in favor or against.
> I think it boils down to three main points.
> 1. It's bad practice, or at least redundant, to recreate behaviour
> that every browser has built in. Back button, go to top and bottom of
> the page, open a link in a new window...
> 2. It's definitely bad practice to force something on users that they
> may not want. If links are left alone they can be opened in new
> windows or not at will. If you use target="_blank." you take away the
> user's power of choice.
> 3. It's said to be troublesome for people who use screen readers.
> That said, the darn thing is back in HTML5, so there goes some 10
> years of work to get rid of it down the drain. But the points above
> still apply and more and more sites stop doing it, even big ones.
> The sad thing is that people have gotten so used to off-site links
> opening in a new window that they sometimes complain when they don't.
> When informed about Shift-click, middle-click and what other ways
> there are to do this yourself, it often turns out they had no idea
> they could do that, at least not that they could do it easily without
> using the context menu. The same way as many people don't know they
> can change the text size even if there isn't a widget on the site or
> make lines have a more comfortable length by resizing their browser
> window (if the site doesn't make those things impossible). I believe
> many more would know how to use their browser if sites hadn't made it
> so hard at times. You try once or twice, it doesn't work, you forget about
> As usual, it's a mess. But today it's spring outside, so who cares
> about web messes? Not me when the sun is shining at last! ;-)
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