[thelist] Pop-up Blocker v. Opening a new window

Jeff Howden jeff at jeffhowden.com
Wed Jun 8 03:04:34 CDT 2005


> From: T--
> I am not "new window" crazy, but I do like to open
> certain pages (e.g., larger view image, order form, ext
> web page) in a new smaller window.

To view a larger image, I can understand the desire to open a new, *smaller*
window, but to an order form or an external site?  If you're linking to an
external site and you want to use a new window, do the user a favor and
don't specify a size or any chrome options.  They'll thank you for leaving
that stuff untouched.  As to the order form, I don't get that at all.

> Is there an eloquent way (with and without JS) to still
> do so, given the prominence of built-in and 3rd party
> pop-up blockers?

Without JavaScript?  No, unless you're willing to keep the functionality
down to *just* a new window without the extra control of sizes, chrome,
placement, etc.  With JavaScript you not only have the more advance
capabilities (if popups are allowed), but you also have the ability to
detect if popups are being blocked or not and give an appropriate response
to the user.

 [>] Jeff Howden
     jeff at jeffhowden.com

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