We seem to be going round in circles here, phpBB3 follows standards and as such links open in the same window and as mentioned before this is not a phpBB3 decision this is something which has been made a web standard and if phpBB3 wants to comply to standards it has to follow it. This is not going to change, there are mods to install which will change this behaviour for you as mentioned above or you can use proper browsing techniques (middle click or CTRL and click).Golf Girl wrote:OK, here's an example. This morning I was posting in another forum that I run, which uses Ikonboard. Both of my forums, by the way, are music discussion forums. So, I wanted first of all to include a link to a particular page on the artist's official website which includes a flash player playing all of the tracks from the latest album. This is the link:
I also wanted to include a link to a film of the artist talking about the making of the new album, which I found on the Amazon page for the album, like so:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/ ... 61-8176725
Obviously, with such links, it is important that the author can test the link before committing it to the forum. In Ikonboard I can do that without any problem, in the message preview. In phpBB3, I can't. It's nothing to do with me using the dreaded Internet Explorer, it wouldn't matter which browser I was using, this is what would happen because links are not allowed to open in new windows.
So, now my members can read my message, and they click on the first link and get some nice music. Can they listen to that music while continuing to read the rest of the message? Not in phpBB3 they can't, because they have to close that window to get back to the message.
To indiscriminately prohibit the opening of links in new windows in the context of a discussion forum is wrong. It seriously detracts from the user experience in terms of flexibility and usability, and I really wish the phpBB3 development team would reconsider their rigid stance on this point at least.
As for the text vanishing in IE when you browse away from the page and then clicking the back button, well you have already had this explained to you that it is an IE bug. You have also also been told that the reason this bug is now occurring is because of a security change and as such phpBB are not going to re-allow the security issue so an IE bug will not occur, instead it is down to Microsoft to address the bug in question.