target="_blank" - Do not go there
There has been a bit of discussion lately as to the use of
target="_blank", making links in your browser open a new window or tab. Lots of people arguing against its use and many for, saying all links that leave your site should open new windows. That’s ridiculous, here’s why:
“… the links open in a new window. I’m not okay with that. I trust my readers to come back to my website, and I strongly believe I shouldn’t hinder their ability to navigate away from my website, and I see it as an insult to their intelligence, and breaks a bond of trust to modify their browser’s behaviour.”
Cameron Hunt said this in a private email conversation between a few web designer and developers yesterday and I unequivocally agree with him. This method of opening links in new windows completely disrupts the users browsing experience, if I want to open a link in a new window or tab it should be left up to me, the user, to decide what to do with that link, not the sites developer!