[whatwg] Target Attribute Values

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at myrealbox.com
Thu Apr 26 20:15:57 PDT 2007

On Apr 26, 2007, at 7:34 PM, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> ...
> Why is _blank still considered a conforming value?  On IRC, Hixie 
> mentioned that there are some legitimate use cases, but didn't list 
> any.  I've argued against popups many times before and heard many 
> arguments for them, but I'm yet to hear of any legitimate use cases.  
> If there are any, what are they?
> ...

For most desktop applications in-depth help is presented in a separate 
window, so this will also likely be desirable for Web applications that 
do not consist of scrollable pages. (In those that do consist of 
scrollable pages, help would generally be better embedded in the pages 
themselves, perhaps as expandable sections.)

So that's a use case for popup windows, but not necessarily a use case 
for _blank, because help windows are usually reused (akin to 
target="myappnamehelp" rather than target="_blank").

Matthew Paul Thomas

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