Re: Secondary window vs. popup? (take II)

Subject: Re: Secondary window vs. popup? (take II)
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 12:07:54 -0400

Geoff Hart wrote:

Dick Margulis clarified a point in my previous note: "This is not a popup, which in the context you mention is something intrusive that appears automatically, without the intervention of the user of the browser." <<Well, actually it is a popup, and a popup blocker will block it, leaving your user wondering why nothing happens when they [singular ;-)] click the link.>>

You sure about that? I tested the "target=blank", without JavaScript, in my browsers (Safari on Mac OS-X and IE 5.2 ditto) with the popup blocker enabled, and it worked just fine.

Yes that worked fine, but that's not a popup. The javascript version you posted is, however.

In any event, any popup blocker that
stops you from opening a link in a new window _when that's what you want to do_ isn't worth the time to download it imho.

I agree with you, but that doesn't alter the fact that a lot of other people have downloaded popup blockers that you and I don't like.

I use Netscape 7.1. I can allow popups from any site just by selecting a menu entry, then refresh the page and have the popups work fine, thanks. But it helps if the site posts a note telling me I have to allow popups to access certain functions.

On our company Web site, we have a discussion forum that opens in a popup. On the main page behind the popup is a note in red that you have to allow popups (it's more polite than that). If you see the note, it means the popup didn't open, and it explains how to fix the problem. That's all I was suggesting.


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HTML question: sizing and positioning secondary/child windows ? Summary: From: Geoff Hart
Re: HTML question: sizing and positioning secondary/child windows ? Summary: From: Bonnie Granat
Secondary window vs. popup (was: HTML question): From: Geoff Hart
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Secondary window vs. popup? (take II): From: Geoff Hart

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