Back Breaker

Opening new windows from links on my site is apparently a web design no-no, so that feature is gone-gone.

According this Webbie Award-winning essay entitled "30 Days to a More Accessible Weblog", opening links in new windows breaks the "back" button, the second most-used means of navigation on the World Wide Web.

The logic behind my links in new windows was this: If you were clicking through pages on my site, you'd stay in the same window, but if you went somewhere off-site, that page would open in a new one. I can certainly understand how this non-linear approach to navigation might be confusing to some, and that the option of new browser windows should be controlled by the user, not the designer.

I'd be interested in your thoughts on this, especially if you have strong feelings either way. For now, I've changed all my links so that I won't break your "back"!

Posted: Sun - July 6, 2003 at 09:13 AM        

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