Wow, got more than I asked for, and good information too. Thanks so much to both Ricks. Meredith Ricky Zhou wrote: > 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! > > -- PintSize Graphics & Web Hosting, Inc. http://www.pintsize.com 888-875-1082 meredith at pintsize.com CONFIDENTIALITY WARNING This electronic message contains information which may be privileged and/or confidential. This information is intended for the exclusive use of the individual(s), entity, or persons named or indicated above. Any unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of any parts of the contents of this message/information is strictly prohibited by federal law. Any attempts to intercept this message are in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. 2511(1) of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). All violators are subject to fines, imprisonment or civil damages, or both.