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 break). 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!