You choose

by Mitch on 2/06/2004

I just spent twenty minutes going through my site and removing all the unnecessary target=”_new” tags from my links. Basically before I removed these tags, often times when you click a link a new window would open up. In every design school you will learn HTML from, they always say that if you give an external link that you should open a new window. This is to keep users at your site at all costs.

The way I see it is this; if you guys don’t want to stay, I won’t make you. Hell, I’m not the boss of you. Besides, if you really like the idea of opening up extra windows you can do it yourself right (right-clicking is amazing)? So why should I force it upon you.

Just a little plug here. If you are not already browsing using Firefox, then you should be. It is easily the best browser available. It supports PNG graphics (you won’t know how beautiful some sites can look until you have seen the effect) and tabbed browsing, which is awesome. With tabbed browsing, rather than having multiple windows, you can have multiple tabs in the same browser window. It definitely makes for some nice surfing if you look at a lot of sites at once like me.

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  1. 2/06/2004Kevin says:

    The reason I use the target=”_new” tag on my sites is becaue I use a top and bottom frame (yes Mitch, I know you hate frames) so that all my pages fit between the site title at the top and the nav bar at the bottom and look uniform. If I didn’t use that tag, other sites wouldn’t display properly in the users browser.

    An example of this is the Hotmail site. When it opens external links within it’s pages it makes it hard to view some sites properly and at times makes it hard to navigate away totally from the hotmail site.

    I guess that’s the joy of the web – millions of differing points of view and levels of web page coding can make for interesting sites.

  2. 2/06/2004bananasontoast says:

    Ahhh, true. I remember the last site I designed using frames (actually not that long ago) and I remember the nightmare that targeting all your links can be. Not having the problem of frames allows me not to use them I guess, which I view as a bonus.

    Hmm, yess, bad frames are, the dark side they belong. :yoda:

  3. 3/06/2004bleaver says:

    Its not that hard to link up to a frame geez! I mean just make sure you have given it a good name and its easy as pie!

    Well not as easy as some pie.. which can be actually quite difficult.

    But yeah frames arent that hard 😛

    but yes they are most definately the devil!!!

  4. 4/06/2004Daisy says:

    I keep meaning to add one of those scripts that allow the reader to choose whether all links open as new windows or not but I’m a bit wary of adding to the page open time.

    [here via authentic geek]

  5. 4/06/2004bananasontoast says:

    Hey Daisy, thanks for the comment!

    I’ve considered scripts, but I think anyone with the most basic knowledge should know how to open up a new tab/window. I like the idea of “you choose” and letting people decide for themselves.