Open link in a new window in XHTML 1.0 Strict June 24, 2009

As you may notice using target=”_blank” breaks XHTML 1.0 Stric validation. And here you are a solution with jQuery:

  1. Add rel=”external” for links that you want to be opened in a new window
  2. Include the following jQuery script:
    $(function() {
      $("a[rel*=’external’]").click(function() {
        window.open($(this).attr(‘href’), ‘external’, );
        return false;
      });
    });

But I agree that it’s annoying when link is opening in new tab(window) without your acceptance. Even for external links users can use hot key combination (Command + T in mac os or Ctrl + T in windows) to open a link in new tab. We should give user a choice to decide personally whether he/she wants to open a link in the same window or external. Or at least to notify somehow. Using popup window or even icon near the link that tells user that this link is external.

 
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