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    mahara

    Dude, I have suggestion. Could you make all links above to open in NEW tab by default, instead of in CURRENT tab, by using target="_blank" of the <a /> tag?

    Thanks.

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    KeyboardG

    @mahara: That would be a big help. I've trained my self to CNTRL+Click every link.

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    Duncanma

    @Dark_Halmut: so... while I get the experience you two are after, as a general rule... making our hrefs open in a new tab is very rude and disruptive to the user.

    http://www.trilithium.com/johan/2005/03/target-blank/ 

    http://www.nngroup.com/articles/the-top-ten-web-design-mistakes-of-1999/ (see #1 and #2)

    (yep those references are old... because this was identified as a problem a long time ago)

    I believe it should stay as it is, so then you can *choose* to open in a new tab instead of having that choice made for you.

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    Duncanma

    Oh... and I just noticed, it is still in the 2011 list of top web design mistakes Smiley

    http://www.nngroup.com/articles/top-10-mistakes-web-design/

     

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    mahara

    , Duncanma wrote

    @Dark_Halmut: so... while I get the experience you two are after, as a general rule... making our hrefs open in a new tab is very rude and disruptive to the user.

    , Duncanma wrote

    Oh... and I just noticed, it is still in the 2011 list of top web design mistakes Smiley

    http://www.nngroup.com/articles/top-10-mistakes-web-design/

    Well, I didn't know if it were something considered to be (very?) rude. It's just I used to had, and perhaps still have, not-so-good UX (User Experience) with it. As I live in a country with not-that-fast internet connection a.k.a. slow, moving between pages backward and forward causing page rendering issues in IE, as I experience it with IE9 and earlier versions, e.g.: the original page didn't come back well-formatted as I move backward and forward. In short, it's very annoying for me, and not a good UX to me. That's why I develop the habit of opening new links in a new tab, and not in current tab. I'm not sure how it could be something considered "rude".

    Also, reading the arguments here: http://www.nngroup.com/articles/top-10-mistakes-web-design/, I become confused with the notation of "window" to be interchangeable with "tab". For me, a window is a window, and not a tab. And I understand this annoying behavior back then when I used IE6, as it had no notion of "tab". Thus, I'm not sure if it would be still an issue with tab as I consciously click the link, not something done unconsciously for me. Well, perhaps it's just applied to me... Big Smile

    Nevertheless, I respect your decision about it. It's just a suggestion after all, though it would be still (very) helpful to me.

    Thanks.

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