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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:13 am 
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Agreed, Jacob uses strong wording.

In a discussion like this, the problem is of course that we're talking generalizations while in reality there are many contextual factors to consider.
1. Who are your users. I bet that depending on which group of users you do research on the results can be totally opposite.
2. What is the context. Do you open a small window with help info, a download for a PDF file, a link to another site? Do you make clear upfront links open in a new window?
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For me, independent of what users expect (argument 1, depends on your target group), I find the arguments:
- opening/manipulating windows is an OS task (only) the user should do
- opening links in new windows gives accessibility problems (screenreaders)
enough reason not to open links in new windows


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:31 am 
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I think in this case it comes down to one thing - where is it being used. In the last version of phpBB, if you clicked a link in a forum post it would open in a new window. To me that is pefectly acceptable (And I prefer this anyway) as if you are reading a forum thread where a link is referenced, you very rarely are going to leave the thread after looking at the link - it's a reference in most cases.

On a normal site etc, I agree, new windows for links is to be discouraged. But in a forum, I think that it's almost expected to open in a new window these days, and in my personal opinion, a required feature.

If people don't think like that, I think it would be a good idea for the developers of phpBB and other forum software, to add an option in the user control panels to have links open in new or same windows...


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:47 am 
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maybe there should be an iconic hint, standard among browsers?

I know... fat chance :-)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:05 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:53 am 
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So, what is the concensus on this?

Open in new window, or stay as-is?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:03 am 
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Stay as is from me. Do we need a poll?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:09 am 
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stay as is FTW


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:38 am 
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I'm happy to stay as is (I just need to remember to open in a new tab from now on!)


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:46 am 
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No vote. Stay as is. We are all sharp enough to know how to open a new window if we need to.


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