html: is there any good reason to force the opening of a new browser window?

3 words: "never say never"

Any worthwhile developer / designer should know when and where to use pop-up windows and how to minimize their use. Unfortunately for fans, there are actually usable situations in which pop-ups are more usable than alternative solutions (for example, light boxes, floating divs). Of course, 99.9% of the time you will not use a pop-up window. From the moment you start using absolutes to convince yourself that you are the man when it comes to usability, you've shot yourself in the foot. Work with your users, don't tell them anything. (By the way, when I say & # 39; you & # 39; I don't mean Shermozle, I mean all of us).

In my opinion, pop-ups work well as dialogs and are easier to use than light boxes, since they are closer to the functionality of the operating system. The modal dialogues of IE work well. Ajax pop-ups that float or blink or get stuck because a mouse event does not fire correctly is not really that useful.

Unfortunately, browser manufacturers have lost confidence in developers to know when and where to use them and now we have lost control of pop-up windows with full control: bastards have ruined it for the rest of us and we have to deal with blockers of Pop-ups and Firefox opens in a new tab option … oh, well. Personally, I would like to say & # 39; open in a new tab & # 39 ;, & # 39; open in a new window & # 39 ;, & # 39; open as a lightbox & # 39; … that allows me to make an educated professional decision.