[whatwg] Proposal: target="_tab"

Borek Bernard borekbe at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jun 11 02:27:01 PDT 2008

Hi Kristof,

my knowledge of JS is limited but how would you handle this situation:
in your web app, you want to provide a keyboard shortcut for opening
current item into a new tab. You need to invoke this action from JavaScript so setting CSS to some DOM element is not enough (AFAIK). I think window.open() would need some new optional parameter or something similar to support this.


----- Original Message ----
From: Kristof Zelechovski <giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl>
To: Borek Bernard <borekbe at yahoo.co.uk>; Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch>; whatwg at lists.whatwg.org
Sent: Wednesday, 11 June, 2008 10:42:41 AM
Subject: Re: [whatwg] Proposal: target="_tab"

Once you have support in CSS, you can use DOM+CSS from JS.  No particular
support within JS is required.

-----Original Message-----
From: whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org
[mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Borek Bernard
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:37 AM
To: Ian Hickson; whatwg at lists.whatwg.org
Subject: Re: [whatwg] Proposal: target="_tab"

Hi Ian,

What do you think about the GReader use case? In my eyes, it makes the _tab
scenario quite valid.

But, as mentioned by Adrian Sutton, there would be technical problems with
older browsers so this proposal has to be scrapped. On the HTML/CSS level,
this will be eventually handled by the 'target-new' property (which will be
more flexible than target="_tab" as well) and I hope it will find its way
into JavaScript too, eventually.

P.S. Sorry for not maintaining the thread sequence correctly, I couldn't
figure out how to do that (that's why I used the forum instead of the
mailing list in the first place :)


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