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My basic question is this: do norms exist for using pop-up windows?

I'm considering using pop-up windows for miscellaneous documents that act as examples of the given subject for a webpage. For example, on a page titled "Forest and Stand Management Plans," I describe a service/product in general terms, and I would like to link it to a full-length plan in pdf form. I'll also want to provide maps in pdf form, for now. (Eventually, I plan to provide access to a dynamic map and database, but that's down the road.)

If I did take this approach, I would use the target="window_name" method, and I would alert the client/user.

This all leads to another question. Does a good reference exist for comparing the various browser rules and renderings (for example, determining which browsers will block pop-ups, etc.)?

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rbfree wrote:My basic

rbfree wrote:
My basic question is this: do norms exist for using pop-up windows?

Yes. The norm is: never use pop up windows.

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Ed Seedhouse wrote:rbfree

Ed Seedhouse wrote:
rbfree wrote:
My basic question is this: do norms exist for using pop-up windows?
Yes. The norm is: never use pop up windows.

:thumbsup: Ed's never minced a word in his life. Smile

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Triumph wrote: Ed's never

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:thumbsup: Ed's never minced a word in his life. Smile

Not true, actually, though I might wish it were. On this forum I feel free to use my crotchety old fart with nothing to lose personality, but when I do other things, such as be a labour negotiator for instance, I mince words by the bushel.

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how to serve a large document

I'm getting the picture. Pop-ups are intrusive and browsers block them.

What's the best approach for serving a large document? (It will be a pdf file and some pdf maps, over 60 pages in hard copy.)

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Well, the "right" way to

Well, the "right" way to serve such information is to put it in a proper database and deliver it a page at a time using a server side program. For an example of serving a lot of information this way do a search with a lot of hits on google and see how they present it a page at a time. They basically use mysql as the database and php as the server side language if I recall right.

And of course, this very site here does the very same thing, with a different style.

Failing that, cut it into logical chunks and create a separate html page for each chunk, with a common index list on every page.

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Remove some of my fog. Are

Remove some of my fog. Are you wanting from pageA, to open pageB (with the link to the pdf)? Or will you link to the pdf from pageA?

If the former, it seems user-unfriendly to throw in an intermediary step unless pageB is important enough to rate its own page anyway.

If the latter, use a simple link with the info that it's a pdf. The user will have his own browser preferences as how to handle the format.

Stand Management in Southern Yellow Pine Forests [PDF]

Some folks will be configured to use the acrobat plugin, others, like myself, will open in a separate application or save to file.

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from pageA to pdf

Yes, Gary's second solution is perfect for me. I'm realizing that I need to stay with simple and build on that. (Same lesson as the backbutton issue.) I can optimize later when I'm familiar with the terrain (some more selective client-side scripting and a whole bunch of client-side scripting). Thanks. This all helps.

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