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Read the essay about this here -
Murray --- ICQ 71997575
Adobe Community Expert
(If you *MUST* email me, don't LAUGH when you do so!)
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"Mick3496" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Is it better to make external links appear in new browser page or open in
> existing window?
> I've usually arranged things so that internal links appear in the same
> window but any external links open in a new window. That way visitors can
> the externally linked sites but can maintain contact with the original
An excerpt from:
"When should we use popup windows?
There is ongoing debate in the Web Standards community about when, and
if, we should use popup windows. Many believe that three good times are:
* for image files, it's great to open the image in a css-styled
popup window, to which you may add your own custom features like
headers, background images, footers, etc. The fullsize images do not
consume bandwidth until they are requested.
* for links to another website - you probably worry that a visitor
will simply wander away from your site, never to return. Open a new
window for that other site and yours remains safe.
* for pdf docs, or Word docs (or other files that open in special
plugins) I bet we've all closed an Acrobat Reader window, only to be
surprised we just closed our browser! Open a new window for the pdf
document instead, and your site remains safe. And of course this is true
also for Word Docs or Excel files too.
* for html files too, for example perhaps you'd like Help files or
a map to pop up in a small window.
E. Michael Brandt
Standards-compliant scripts and Dreamweaver Extensions
JustSo PhotoAlbum, et alia
Thanks Murray - I'll get my thinking cap on!
It was links to an external website that I had in mind, as per EMB's second bullet point - pretty much like the external links in this page.
I guess if it's ok for them to open a new window here it will do for me!