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Debate - should external links open in a new tab/window?

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Posted : Tuesday, 30 August 2011, 08:41 | Permalink
HoboBen


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It's an old debate. What do you think?

I don't think they should, because it's a terrible convention and it should be left up to the user.

On the other hand, sometimes users are idiots and will close the window instead of hitting back.

On the other hand, they can't hit back at all if it's a new window.

It's 2011, I think it's finally time to leave this behaviour behind.

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Posted : Tuesday, 30 August 2011, 08:47 | Permalink | Mark Here
Jayenkai


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IMO, Middle click/tabs/etc were created EXACTLY for that purpose.
Job done.
Let the user decide.

If the user can't figure it out, it's their own fault!

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Posted : Tuesday, 30 August 2011, 08:58 | Permalink | Mark Here
shroom_monk


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Whichever way you choose to do it, it's important to be consistent, but I think it should ultimately be left up to the user, because of middle-click and stuff as Jay mentioned.

On the other hand, it does depend on your audience. There are still plenty of people who probably don't have middle-click functionality, or don't know it exists. Then again, they probably don't know what they're missing, so I guess that's not too big an issue.

I'd say it should all be in the same tab / window, unless the user decides otherwise.

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Posted : Tuesday, 30 August 2011, 09:02 | Permalink | Mark Here
spinal


I don't have middle-click on my trackball, but I'm now in the habit of right-click -> open in new tab, so I don;t really care any more.

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Posted : Tuesday, 30 August 2011, 12:03 | Permalink | Mark Here
JL235


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I don't want people leaving Play My Code, so if you click on an external link, I'll open a new tab so PMC is also left open. I imagine this is the main reasoning behind all of the other sites that open in a new tab.

Finally most typical users don't know about middle-click, or open in new tab, or ctrl+click, or any other the other alternatives. They just click.

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Posted : Tuesday, 30 August 2011, 13:19 | Permalink | Mark Here
Stealth


JL235 I don't want people leaving Play My Code, so if you click on an external link, I'll open a new tab so PMC is also left open. I imagine this is the main reasoning behind all of the other sites that open in a new tab.


This is the best argument that exists for using external links. I believe this only works in certain situations. If I'm consuming content on that page and I'm interrupted in the middle of it, external links will help remind me I was reading it later on. If was done consuming the content and have no interest in other content on that page, launching an external link probably wont do much for me.

My verdict: Think about what your visitor is really doing and ask yourself if they care about coming back.

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Posted : Tuesday, 30 August 2011, 19:35 | Permalink | Mark Here
9572AD


I don't use the "Back" button.
I don't recommend use of the "Back" button because it often does NOT take you back due to scripts and forms and whatnot.
Therefore I ALWAYS open external pages in a new window.

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Posted : Tuesday, 30 August 2011, 19:42 | Permalink | Mark Here
JL235


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9572AD I don't recommend use of the "Back" button because it often does NOT take you back due to scripts and forms and whatnot.

Originally, it did take you back. It is only in modern browsers that it doesn't, and I really like this. It takes you back to how you left that page.

Scripts actually end up breaking a lot that behavior, such as resetting forms.

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Posted : Tuesday, 30 August 2011, 20:13 | Permalink | Mark Here
Evil Roy Ferguson


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I personally prefer the Wikipedia approach of giving some visual indication that the link is off-site, but otherwise not trying to control where the link will be opened.
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