RE: Secondary window vs. popup

Subject: RE: Secondary window vs. popup
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To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 12:54:01 -0400

On Behalf Of Dick Margulis wrote:
> Geoff Hart wrote:

> > Bonnie Granat responded to my summary of how to display a secondary
> > window: <<Keep in mind that while I may have JS turned on,
> I definitely
> > have pop-ups turned off. I think many do.>>
> >
> > I probably wasn't clear in my original posting. 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. The usual workaround these days is to have a prominent note
> before the user starts on the quiz, that popups must be
> allowed for this
> site in order for it to function properly.

I've given up counting the number of websites that I've
abandoned because they required popups. That includes
some with home-improvement/maintenance tips and other
stuff that I'd like to read. I even moved a bank account
to another bank because of that. If somebody tells me
that I can't read what they have to say without
turning on popups, then they'd better have something
really, really, really, really interesting and important
to me.

With that said, I want to see a browser setting that
distinguishes between deliberately opening a new window
and nuisance popups. For the same reasons that Geoff
suggested, I occasionally use new-window links in my

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