Links ordinarily update the current window, but my cross-reference links, for
example, to another website, or to a different subject area in my site, will
tend to open new windows. I've done this because I thought it could
otherwise be difficult to find your way back from cross-references. To
make it clearer I’ve built in some script controls to open new windows not fully
sized. The fact that the original window has not been replaced is more
apparent this way - you'll be able to see the original page behind the smaller
It should be possible to second-guess the
behaviour. If I haven't written something as obvious as "the following links
will open new windows", or the link is otherwise not clearly to another
website, then I might suggest a cross-reference
with superscripted chevrons> to give a clue before the link is clicked. I’ve also typically included hints, which appear
while the mouse is hovering over the link. Here is an example script controlled cross-reference link to the
payment details section>
However, please note, particularly if you're using IE (Microsoft's Internet
Explorer), and particularly after the installation of SP2 (Microsoft's Service
Pack 2), you may have issues with security settings.
If your Pop-up Blocker Filter Level Settings are High, I recommend you set
them to Medium. The links should otherwise work, but most likely
replacing the existing window content rather than opening a new one.
enabled for my new window controls to work fully.
Settings: Medium, or, via the Custom Level settings - Enable Active scripting
disabled, you should still be able to enjoy ‘Salvia Divinorum Scotland’
without the full navigation aids.
cross-refer links should still open new windows (bearing in mind what I've
said about IE Pop-up blocker settings, which is a separate issue). The only thing is that the
may or may not be fully sized, depending on the browser and other factors
outside my control (such as browser window’s previous state).
window not fully sized (7/8ths of current window dimensions) when left-clicked, but will retain right-click
functionality with my new window links. For example, if you are using Mozilla
Firefox and you decide you want the link to open in a new tab rather
than a new window, then you can right click and still do this. – I highly
recommend the Mozilla browser by the way.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer doesn’t
support tabs, but here you could choose to override opening in a new window,
using right-click to open in the same window.
Having said all that, you’ll find
cross-reference links not yet fully controlled in this way. I hope to get
round to do most of them. One example is the Latest Updates page. The links
on the Latest Updates page open a new window by default (it’s designed as page
of cross-references). I’ve started changing these (from the top) but it will
need a bit of work to do them all because of the number of links involved.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you
notice glitches or have particular problems.