How can I make a link open in a new window?

Wednesday, 2 July 2008 4:45 PM
Studies have shown that users are far more likely to get lost and leave your website if you interfere with the 'back/forward' navigation by opening external links in a new window. For this reason the html code which forces links to open in a new window has been depreciated (this means that using this code means that your site is no longer strictly standards compliant).

While we are willing to implement this functionality for you we strongly advise against it, while it may seem counter-intuitive, forcing a new window on a user who does not expect it (and if they expected it, they would likely open a new window manually!) is very likely to irritate and/or confuse many of your users. With the high popularity of Tabbed Browsing links which force the user into a new window are becoming increasingly impolite - users who "know what they are doing" are very likely to be opening links in new tabs on their own, users who are less familiar with the web are going to be more reliant on the 'back' button. If you force them into a new window where the 'back' button no longer does what they expect it to they are likely to give up go elsewhere (and by the time they close the window they are in and find your website behind it they may have lost interest).

Please contact IASP support on 03 9329 1022 for further advice.

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