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- Re: Links and target
April 3, 2004, 4:14 pm
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I am also looking for something like this. In our case this is for some
online product manuals. The popup will be for an index page. Clicking on a
link in the index should select the relevant page from the product manual.
I would rather have this than the frame-based version our docs team came up
Re: Links and target
My browser is configured to sliently refuse all popups. If a link
doesn't appear to work because it opens a popup which is refused (I very
rarely notice the "popup supressed" icon) then I leave the site and your
company would lose my business.
The question you must ALWAYS ask yourself when designing an interactive
system is not "what method of interaction do *I* prefer" but "what
method does *the user* prefer?" I think you will find many more people
who hate popups than hate frames.
Another question to consider when designing an interface is to do with
consistancy of interaction. How many applications where a user selects
something that loads a "page" can you name which use a method like you
have described with popups? (off the top of my head the only analogy I
can think of is opening a file in an application) And how many use an
index at the side of a window displaying the page (think Windows help
files, PDF bookmarks in Acrobat Reader, the "favourites" sidebar in IE).
Re: Links and target
Basically you want to open a popup and then have the popup open a
link in its parent window? You did notice:
Sometimes frames are easier to deal with. In your case, that is
if you want to keep the "index window" open for further use, the
frames make more sense to me and are a more comfortable user
interface. A popup can get hidden or accidentally closed, so you
would need a link to reopen the index on every subpage - or
perhaps scripts to check for its presence and reopen if necessary
(likely to get blocked as an unrequested popup).
Hm, I have mine set to block unrequested popups only. Seems like
blocking all popups would break too many sites. E.g. help or
glossary style links often use a popup that is nicer than a whole
new page. I have a little poll on my site (
http://rock13.com/austin/ ) that uses a popup to display results
and submitting the form allows the 'requested' popup in this
Rob - http://rock13.com /
Web Stuff: http://rock13.com/webhelp /