Thou shalt not target=_blank

Don’t do this. Don’t force links to open in new windows.”


  1. wyclif says:

    If I might amplify: NEVER, EVER, EVER do this!

  2. Tim says:

    Yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes! Never, ever do this!

  3. Jesper says:

    I’m usually too lazy to specify targets anyway :P

  4. vis10n says:


    Although I believe most spawned windows are just awful UI, there is a time and season for it… and I have no problem using new windows as-needed.

    The problem isn’t the new window… but that the browser companies have built broken interfaces. The BACK button _should_ take you back to where you were before.

    It’s that simple.

  5. Daniel says:

    But, but… uh ok, i’m guilty of this. I’ve got my work carved out for me tonight. Thanks, Paulo. hehe…

    Oh, you got quoted in Rice Bowl Journals! (whew, that wasn’t so bad resisting the ‘target=”window”‘ urge)

  6. Jesper says:

    They quoted that entry and my addition wasn’t in?

    Crush. Kill. Destroy.