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2004-10-05 #1

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Today's Complaint

Gripe of the day is brought to you by Firefox. Firefox: just because it doesn't work for you doesn't mean it doesn't work for me.

Today we're whining about websites which insist that links leaving their site be opened in another browser window. This means that you end up with a whole bunch of windows open on your desktop, completely defeating the purpose of nice tabbed browsing. It also means that you can't use the back button to backstep over your path; oh no, it means that when you get to a site you've opened from somewhere else, you get to guess which browser window still open it came from!

If you know in advance that you are going to get jacked like this, you can sometimes use a special click (on my browser, middle-click) to open the new page in a new tab, which is only a slightly less annoying solution. This gives you the same history problem, compounded by the fact that new tab openings are almost always not made the foreground tab by default. Oh no, you get to click on the link, then click on the tab to see your new page!

I hate the web, I really do.

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