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Firefox "new tab" vs. "new window"
Any way to do this in HTML?
digitalv




msg:1590564
 8:20 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is there a way to do a "target=" attribute to open a new TAB instead of a new Window in Firefox?

One thing I hate about my own site is that there are a few areas that open a new Window and as a FireFox user I always have to remember to right-click them to open in a new TAB instead of a whole new browser window. Is there any universal way to make it open in a new TAB if the surfer is using Firefox, but to make it open in a new WINDOW in all other browsers?

 

photon




msg:1590565
 8:31 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Opera has an option to open all new windows as new tabs; works as expected even with a "target=". But looking at my Firefox (0.8) I'm not seeing any options for window behavior.

Hmmmm.... There's a Tabbrowser Preferences extension:
This extension adds GUI options to change some of the hidden tab browser preferences available in Firefox. It also enables "single window mode" by opening links in a new tab instead of a new window.

Compatible with versions from 0.9

Wonder where they're hidden?

jdMorgan




msg:1590566
 8:49 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

In FireFox, browse to the page "about:config"

Look for the configuration setting for "browser.tabs.opentabfor.windowopen" and set it to true.

[added] But this doesn't help for the original problem, which is how to "force" it to happen on any client's machine. No way to do that, that I'm aware of. [/added]

Jim

photon




msg:1590567
 8:57 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ah, if it's someone else surfing your site, shouldn't it be their choice?

MatthewHSE




msg:1590568
 9:03 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

If a user of a tabbed browser visits your site, they probably already know how to open a new tab if that's what they want. Besides which, the method of opening a new FireFox tab would probably be different than opening a new tab in Opera or MyIE. I'd say this is a classic case of "user choice", let the visitor decide! ;)

drbrain




msg:1590569
 9:03 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

No: [bugzilla.mozilla.org...]

Robin_reala




msg:1590570
 9:08 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Right click to open in new tab? Isn't middle clicking just easier?

As for new tab - istr a CSS3 preliminary specification for this although of course no-one's implemented this yet. Ah, here we are: [w3.org...] . Working draft though.

Reflection




msg:1590571
 9:20 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Right click to open in new tab? Isn't middle clicking just easier?

This is, again, where user preferences come in. Some people use middle click for other things(for instance I use it for alt-tab).

digitalv




msg:1590572
 10:29 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'd say this is a classic case of "user choice", let the visitor decide!

Actually, it's my choice not theirs ... :) For reasons that I'm not going to get into, and aren't really relevant anyway, the page is going to be opened in a new window and not the existing one.

Most Firefox users that I know, if they had to choose one or the other, would choose new tab instead of new window. So that's why I would like to make it a new tab if Firefox, new window if everything else. But if it's not possible then its not possible oh well :(

Reflection




msg:1590573
 11:02 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Most Firefox users that I know, if they had to choose one or the other, would choose new tab instead of new window.

Wouldnt most users, who prefer the new tab rather than window, have firefox set up to open new windows in a tab?

Maybe this isnt an option in all tabbed browsing extentions?

Im using Tabbrowser Extentions 1.10 and have all new windows set to open in tabs.

vkaryl




msg:1590574
 11:28 pm on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

I like tabbed browsing fine, though I'm still having an adjustment problem - for years of course, I either opened in new window myself, or had it done for me, so I'm conditioned to click the "x" to close and get back to the original page.

Can't do that in FF, and thankfully I get a reminder dialog! But I'm thinking that a site which opened tabs automatically might really confuse new tabbed-version users for a while. The first time I got the dialog, I was momentarily unable to determine WHAT IT MEANT.... (okay, WAAAAYYYYY blond AND senior moment! Can't help it - goes with the territory!)

ControlEngineer




msg:1590575
 8:35 pm on Jul 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

digitalv,

Most Firefox users that I know, if they had to choose one or the other, would choose new tab instead of new window.

When I am in Firefox (right now) I usually prefer new windows rather than new tabs. I have a high-res (17" laptop) screen, so I like to have both windows visible at one time. For example, right now I am typing this reply in one window while looking at your post (not the first one) in the other window. I selected and dragged the quote from one window to the other.

If you find a way in html to open a new window in a new tab, just make sure you allow the user to open it in a new window. Else you may <make unhappy> off Firefox users. (even if they are in the minority).

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