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make links posted by users open in a new window

I was taught in my html programming class to pop up to a new window when you have a link in a list, especially a long one. I'm used to seeing this on many websites so I forget to manually pop a window into a new browser when I find something that may answer one of my questions.
Can the links in answers be allowed to pop up to a new browser window?

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marked as duplicate by Shogging through the snow, Ether, balpha, perbert, GEOCHET Jan 26 '10 at 18:37

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See: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2275/… (and you might want to question some of the other things you were taught in that class...) –  Shogging through the snow Jan 26 '10 at 17:36
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I will cut you. –  Adam Davis Jan 26 '10 at 17:54
    
Any examples of those many websites that do this? –  Arjan Jan 26 '10 at 17:57
    
my html class was in the 90s. I've been in it for a long time. –  user142408 Jan 26 '10 at 18:10
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@Pollyanna: Not before I do! –  XMLbog Jan 26 '10 at 18:13
    
I like the way google does this –  user142408 Feb 12 '10 at 19:21

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I'd rather they didn't. If I want a new window open, I'll do it myself. Middle click or shift+click will do the job just fine.

I'm surprised students are still being taught to do this. Most people now consider it to be annoying behaviour.

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So actually, this is the answer to the question. Yes, links are allowed to be opened in a new window. Just be sure to hold down the right key for the browser of your choice. :-) (In Safari on a Mac: Command-Click for new tab; Command-Option-Click for new window.) –  Arjan Jan 26 '10 at 18:01
    
Middle-click FTW! –  John Rudy Jan 26 '10 at 21:29

I was taught in my html programming class to pop up to a new window when you have a link in a list

No offense buddy, but your html programming class sucks. The browser should not be presuming that I want to have a new window open up -- that choice should be left to me the viewer.

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