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My latest and greatest...

http://www.bgcreativeservices.com/clients/diamondstateventures/index.html

css - http://www.bgcreativeservices.com/clients/diamondstateventures/resources/css/dsv_styles.css

1 thought: The Contact Us page doesn't validate due to the usage of "target=_blank" in a link in conjunction with the XHTML Strict doctype.

Is there a proper way to do that or am I being silly using Strict doctypes?... Can't understand why that attribute wouldn't be supported.

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Foring browsers to open new

Foring browsers to open new windows is bad practice. It is one of the "top 10" useability mistakes.

"target="_blank" is deprecated in strict doctypes for that reason.

Just don't do it if you don't want to drive people away from your site.

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I see the philosphy there.

I see the philosphy there. In my opinion you drive people away faster by targeting an external site to the parent rather than popping it up, as they still have the original page unaffected behind the new window. If it's an internal page, I wouldn't dare pop-up a new window. But a reference to an external... I'm a little upset it's been deprecated. I guess advertising is to blame for that.

If that is the community consensus then I'll stop doing it.

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bradgreens wrote:If that is

bradgreens wrote:

If that is the community consensus then I'll stop doing it.

It is but not for the reason you state. The reason is the choice belongs to the user not the author of the site. If I want a new window popped up on an external site I'll crtl-click. If I want it to open in the same window I'll just click. Don't take that choice away from me.

I do mark links that lead to an external site but I still leave the choice up to the user if they want it to open in a new window.

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That is some very good

That is some very good reasoning. Thanks for that insight. The audience for this site won't have a clue how to ctrl+click. But from a best-practice approach it makes sense to me.

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bradgreens wrote:That is

bradgreens wrote:

That is some very good reasoning. Thanks for that insight. The audience for this site won't have a clue how to ctrl+click. But from a best-practice approach it makes sense to me.

Well, I use ctrl-click but most folks use right-click and choose "open in new window" but that's extra steps for me.

Attached is an icon I use to mark external links.

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