Hi Bob,

You make a good point.  But the reason I don't use new windows isn't
accesibility.  It's an irritation at having new windows opened for me.
 Being a firefox user, I open in a new tab when I want to and in the
current otherwise.  People know what they want, generally, and are
able to perform that actoin.  The only popular non-tabbed browser is
IE 6, where one can always open in a new window if one wants.

The case for mini-popups (smaller sized windows, sized through the
javascript window.open()) is somewhat different - indeed they can
often be quite useful.  But if you're just opening a new window
because it's what you want - I don't consider it useful.

My two cents.


On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 12:48:17 -0000, designer
> Hi All,
> I'm not 'doing a blog', but have started to put down some thoughts about
> various areas of this 'new philosophy' which have me (as a newcomer of only
> 4 months to 'standards') totally confused. The first endeavour concerns the
> classic - opening new windows.  My scribbling can be seen at:
> http://www.betasite.fsnet.co.uk/comment/scribblings.html
> I have not put this up to bring down the wrath of the evangelists, nor to
> cause a list war, but to express my confusion and hopefully promote some
> <em>reasoned</em> debate amongst intelligent web design folk.
> I am genuinely confused by this, but am open minded and amenable to being
> convinced.
> Thanks,
> Bob McClelland,
> Cornwall (U.K.)
> www.gwelanmor-internet.co.uk
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