Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tab / Window Management Is Controlled By Our Readers

Some blog owners are confused about the use of the "new window" link modifier
target="_blank"
and think that it gives them uncontrolled powers over the readers browsing experience, when visiting their blog.
I want to select "new tab", rather than "new window", for all my blog links.
and
I want my links to open in a new window, regardless of how my readers setup their browsers.
And both of these concepts ignore the personal needs of the blog readers.

Our choice, and our ability, to make our internal blog links open in a new tab or window is subject to the decisions of our readers, on how to treat a "new window" modified link. With Firefox, the native settings for Version 3 allow choice of "Current Tab", "New Tab" (Same Window), or "New Window" for each of "Web browser links" and "external links". Firefox add-ons, other Firefox versions, and other browsers, may provide even more control.

Whether we choose to have all links, or to have selected links, open in a new tab / window, our readers have the final say. And even if permitted by our readers, some readers, who have no knowledge of the browser settings, may not appreciate seeing our blog links generate new tabs or windows uncontrollably. Like the decision to play music automatically, this ability may be one that warrants discretion.

The bottom line is, you may add the "new window" link modifier as you wish, but the effect of the modifier is advisory, not absolute - and should be applied, selectively.

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