TheMadScientist - 8:52 am on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
You're citing a source from over a decade ago and the Internet is not stagnant much as it seems some would like to think what once applied should always apply... They didn't even have tabbed browsing then.
(particularly since current operating systems have miserable window management)
Not even close to true today.
Google's gone so far as to convert their results to AJAX and they're already discontinuing support for IE 6... The article you're referring to precedes even IE 5, and if people really don't like it every major browser has a pop-up blocker installed. I think it's time to move past the 1999 idea of the Internet personally.
@ Internetheaven, I think you would be silly to NOT open a new window for people if it makes the overall experience better, and keeps them from having to overuse the back button to return to your site and follow another link, because the Internet is definitely growing up, and most of the people who don't understand how to set a browser to open a new window in a new tab have kids who understand how to set a browser to open a new window in a new tab, and if they don't they probably have a friend who knows, and if it's something they really don't like they'll complain about it and learn how and may even realize pop-ups aren't such a bad thing any more after all.
I used to despise pop-ups, then they invented tabbed browsing and I think they're cool and useful, but don't get me started on pop-unders!