[whatwg] Proposal: target="_tab"

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Jun 10 15:16:50 PDT 2008

On Tue, 10 Jun 2008, Simon Pieters wrote:
> In http://forums.whatwg.org/viewtopic.php?t=185 it is proposed that 
> authors should have the ability to suggest that links open in new 
> windows and new tabs. The suggested solution is to introduce a new 
> browsing context keyword "_tab".
> Use case for opening a new window with specified size: help popup.
> Use case for opening a new window without specified size: print page.
> Use case for opening a new tab: links in GReader for later reading.
> Demand for this feature: http://www.google.com/search?q=_tab

In general, it's best to let users decide where the link should open. In 
cases where the author really wants to open a new top-level browsing 
context, _blank already provides that option. Help popups are probably 
better done using inline floating iframes inside <aside>. Browsers having 
tabs, windows, or any number of other UI constructs should not be an issue 
that Web authors need to deal with. Thus, I don't think _tab makes much 

[snip a number of arguments much like the above]

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