Although this feature has been implemented as an extension (Lightbox
), I think there is a good argument for adding it to the core.
Nowadays when you click on an image on a page to view a larger version, you expect it to appear in a modal, not to go to the address of the larger image. That requires users to realize they have left the page they were on and must navigate back to it. Modal image display appears to be the standard and most convenient solution.
Extensions often fail to keep up with the latest phpBB versions, and are frequently abandoned (as Fancybox appears to be).
I'm more or less repeating what I added a few days ago to another member's topic titled why no modal for image attachments?
. I was admonished for 'bumping' the old topic, which was then deleted, so hopefully this is the appropriate place to re-raise it.