[whatwg] Target Attribute Values

David Walbert dwalbert at learnnc.org
Sat Apr 28 04:58:27 PDT 2007

On Apr 28, 2007, at 7:37 AM, Smylers wrote:

> Spartanicus writes:
>> As a user I detest new windows opening without having chosen to do
>> that myself.

Me too,  but...

> Surely users always have the final say anyway?

Yes, but...

Most of them don't know it. I hope this is changing, but part of my  
job the past 10 years has been leading workshops demonstrating  
aspects and uses of the web to people in non-IT professions, and very  
few of them know this stuff. The people on this list take it for  
granted that they can right-click and open in a new tab or window,  
but I don't believe that feature is used often. The people in my  
workshops just put up with whatever the website does. (It's painful  
and frustrating to me, yes.)  I don't have any data to offer -- just  
anecdotes -- and I would assume that more younger people use those  
features of browsers, but still we can't assume that "users,"  
broadly, are even aware they exist.

I don't know which side of the debate that puts me on. Just offering  
the observation.

David Walbert
LEARN NC, UNC-Chapel Hill
dwalbert at learnnc.org

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