Community Wishlist Survey 2023/Reading/Add preference to open links in a new window or tab

  • Problem: Opening a link
  • Proposed solution: Add a user preference that would set links to open automatically in a new window
  • Who would benefit: Good for everyone
  • More comments:
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  • Proposer: Wthjmkuiper (talk) 12:50, 28 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]


No, this is not good idea. Who use mouse, can use middle button. On mobile device use longer touch and select "open in new tab". Maybe exists some gadget which adds target="_blank" for links. JAn Dudík (talk) 08:39, 31 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Many browser preference and existing browser extensions/gadgets should already support this behavior.
Use of _target has been discouraged in web development for over a decade now, so like Jan, I wouldn't advise this. Jdlrobson (talk) 17:42, 3 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Also, the use of target="_blank" is bad for accessibility (this is especially a problem for blind users; it would not benefit them). It should not be done. The user needs to be in control and target="_blank" takes agency away from users. — Al12si (talk) 20:35, 7 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Actually, target="_blank" has been a (non-deprecated) part of HTML5 since at least 2011 (see, for example, the spec on Navigable target names). It was briefly deprecated in HTML 4 but that was a long time ago. - CRGreathouse (talk) 20:18, 21 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]

I'm a chronic open-in-new-tabber myself, so I appreciate and endorse the underlying sentiment here. Nevertheless, I don't think this is an appropriate domain for a Wikimedia intervention. It belongs at the browser level, where such options are already universally supported. It's strongly discouraged for individual web sites to insist on pages being opened in new tabs or windows, even by user request. NillaGoon (talk) 22:39, 11 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Too many times I followed links that looked promising but when I wanted to go back to where I came from, I couln't. I got stuck in one of these pages. When I use WordPress I have a choice. I would like to have the same choice in Wikipedia. Nobody is obliged to use that feature. That's all. Yours, Willem.