Should external links really open in the samewindow?
9 Jul 2008 - 6:27pm
7 years ago
<self-referential design point>
I hate it when links open in the same window, unless they are navigational within a site. Usually I'm opening a few references (links from blog, for example) and I want to keep the main context to read more/find other links.
> Should the rule that links should always open in the same window be > revisited?
Going for the very short answer: No, as this choice should be left to
the user. Talking studies I do not know any that does not verify what
Nielsen suggested in another article, namely only to open new windows
for non-web documents  (albeit there might be other, rare