[thelist] dumb css questions for valid XHTML 1.0 Strict

Ricky Zhou ricky.zhou at gmail.com
Sat May 26 17:39:29 CDT 2007

Rick den Haan wrote:
> * 24 of them double-clicked all links;
> * 28 of them didn't know about the right-click menu;
> * 17 of them closed the browser window when done with an external website
> and wanting to return to the original page, 7 of them used the Home-button
> to attempt to return to the original page, 5 used the Back-button to travel
> back, whereas the last one just retyped the URL from his notes.
> The second point is why I'm against the "let the user manage their own
> windows"-approach.
Wow, this is actually surprising to me, as I'd expect such users to rely
much more on the back/forward buttons (which opening new windows would

Random note: Woah, a website targeted at people from 65-88?  That's an
interesting/rare case (I would have guessed that most people at that age
would have somebody to help them with computer stuff).

I guess the main lesson is to always consider the intended audience
first (personally, automatically opening new windows annoys me to death).

Anyway, Jakob Nielsen (a well-known usability expert), has a summary of
when he finds it appropriate to open new windows:
* http://www.useit.com/alertbox/open_new_windows.html
* http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990530.html

And hey, another sitepoint article (a good summary of the two above
links): http://www.sitepoint.com/article/beware-opening-links-new-window

> HTH,
> Rick.
Cool, I'm a Ricky!

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