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target="_blank" and IE7 -- I want a new tab, not a new window

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How come target="_blank" opens a new tab in Firefox and Chrome, but opens an entirely new window in IE7? Is there an alternate code that will open a page in a new tab in all tabbed-browsing-enabled browsers?
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Have you checked the tab settings in your IE environment.  I believe this is a user setting and cannot be forced.  If IE7+ is setup to launch links in new window instead of a new tab then there is nothing that can be done to stop this.
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Hmmm .... that's interesting. IE7 is set to always open pop-ups in a new window. Are internal links -- links on one page of a web site pointing to another page on the same web site -- always regarded as a pop-up? If so, is this something that is determined by HTML rules or is it a browser-specific behavior? I would think it's the latter, since Firefox and Chrome don't seem to treat these links the same way.
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by:don0don
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Just out of curiosity, is there an alternative to the target="_blank" code -- similar to the way that title= is an alternative to alt=?
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Not that I'm aware of.  Only alternative I can think of would be to use clientside scripting with the onclick event.
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What are the advantages and disadvantages to that approach, as compared to using target="_blank"?

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And I'm still wondering about internal links. Are internal links -- links on one page of a web site pointing to another page on the same web site -- always regarded as a pop-up? If so, is this something that is determined by HTML rules or is it a browser-specific behavior?
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Unless a link has a target that is other than self or undefined, the rendered page is opened to the same window/tab as the calling page.  Only links that have a target defined as _new or _blank are considered pop-ups as they are displayed while the current page is left unchanged.
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And how would the link be regarded if I used clientside scripting with the onclick event?

Are there any downsides to using that method?
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