[thelist] Re: thelist Digest, Vol 16, Issue 36

Diane Soini dianesoini at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 20 13:55:30 CDT 2004

On Sunday, June 20, 2004, at 04:14 AM, thelist-request at lists.evolt.org 
>> I MUCH prefer PDF and Word docs and all that other stuff to open in a
>> new blank window. It is a shame to eliminate such a useful attribute.
> The attribute has been eliminated but the functionality has just been
> moved to the behaviour layer, where it belongs. Just like deprecating
> FONT doesn't stop you from controlling web typography, deprecating
> target doesn't stop you from opening new windows.

My beef is with the UNEXPECTED link to a PDF or some such. If I'm 
warned I have no problem with deciding what to do on my own (likely I'd 
choose not to click). I do tend to look at the status bar before 
clicking links, but not always. It's an opinion, certainly, but my 
opinion is that it is more polite to open non-HTML documents in 
separate windows.

> The target attribute was intended only for use with frames to begin
> with. Frames are obsolete, so target is obsolete too.

Frames obsolete? Huh? What about something like Javadoc? So much more 
usable with frames than without, in my opinion.

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