4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 30, 2008 1:32 AM by Mick3496

    External Links

    Mick3496 Level 1
      Is it better to make external links appear in new browser page or open in the existing window?
      I've usually arranged things so that internal links appear in the same browser window but any external links open in a new window. That way visitors can visit the externally linked sites but can maintain contact with the original page.
        • 1. Re: External Links
          Level 7
          Read the essay about this here -

          http://www.tjkdesign.com

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          "Mick3496" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:fv4bn8$6fl$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          > Is it better to make external links appear in new browser page or open in
          > the
          > existing window?
          > I've usually arranged things so that internal links appear in the same
          > browser
          > window but any external links open in a new window. That way visitors can
          > visit
          > the externally linked sites but can maintain contact with the original
          > page.
          >

          • 2. Re: External Links
            Level 7
            An excerpt from:
            http://divahtml.com/products/divaPOPgold/open_popup_windows.php

            "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.
            "

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            • 3. Re: External Links
              Mick3496 Level 1
              Thanks Murray - I'll get my thinking cap on!
              • 4. External Links
                Mick3496 Level 1
                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!