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Re: The one thing I like about phpBB2 better...

Post by Dog Cow » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:33 pm

drathbun wrote:, and there are MODs to change the behavior if you don't like the way it works.
Yeah, I got this cool MOD called "phpBB 2" ... :lol:
I wrote a MOD to keep local links in the same window but still allow external links to open in a new window.
Which I keep meaning to install one day, or at least some similar feature.
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Re: The one thing I like about phpBB2 better...

Post by Dogs and things » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:13 pm

drathbun wrote:phpBB2 had the opposite problem; new links always opened in a new window, and I wrote a MOD to keep local links in the same window but still allow external links to open in a new window.
That's right, your MOD solved this problem for me, and with a small adjustment links to other pages on my site outside my phpBB2 also open in the same window, which is quite nice I must say.

And well, just to say something on-topic, one thing I like about phpBB2 in general is it's simplicity.

And something I like about my phpBB2 in particular is the fact that I myself have added all the functionalities I want it to have and still managed to keep it very simple to use. There´s nothing in it that I don´t want/need/use, it's heavily modded and still so simple to use that even people with no knowledge about the use of a bulletin-board find their way around very soon. I find simplicity very important because most of my users are new to bulletin-boards and I wouldn´t like new users to get lost and scared away.
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Post by Highway of Life » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:57 pm

It might just be my opinion, but I think users should be able to dictate how they browse sites, I don’t think sites should dictate how the users browse (i.e. forcing some links to open in new windows).
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Re: The one thing I like about phpBB2 better...

Post by MartectX » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:40 am

Linda Carter wrote:Why not force phpBB 3 to open all board links in the same window, like you are doing today, while all external links from any other pages will open in other windows/tabs?
There's a MOD that does this: Prime Links.

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Post by Lumpy Burgertushie » Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:58 am

Highway of Life wrote:It might just be my opinion, but I think users should be able to dictate how they browse sites, I don’t think sites should dictate how the users browse (i.e. forcing some links to open in new windows).
well, I don't agree with that in principle but that is another arguement.

The point about this is that it has changed from the normal way that it has always been. browsers have to get used to it being different.

I find no reason for the previous standard to have been changed.

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Re: The one thing I like about phpBB2 better...

Post by Techie-Micheal » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:57 am

Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:
Highway of Life wrote:It might just be my opinion, but I think users should be able to dictate how they browse sites, I don’t think sites should dictate how the users browse (i.e. forcing some links to open in new windows).
well, I don't agree with that in principle but that is another arguement.

The point about this is that it has changed from the normal way that it has always been. browsers have to get used to it being different.

I find no reason for the previous standard to have been changed.

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The reason it was changed from the previous standard is because it was decided that users should choose what happens. While I'll admit sometimes it is handy having a new window opening, who are you to decide that a user should stay on your site if they don't want to? If users want a new window, they can right-click.
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Re: The one thing I like about phpBB2 better...

Post by A_O_C » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:28 am

isnt it also not valid XHTML?

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Post by MartectX » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:25 am

Let's do the circle-run! :lol:

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Post by Techie-Micheal » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:38 pm

A_O_C wrote:isnt it also not valid XHTML?
Yes, the target attribute is invalid XHTML.
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Post by drathbun » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:25 pm

I want links only to open in a new window if the post was created with quick reply... :P
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Re: The one thing I like about phpBB2 better...

Post by Dog Cow » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:40 pm

Techie-Micheal wrote:
A_O_C wrote:isnt it also not valid XHTML?
Yes, the target attribute is invalid XHTML.
Ah, but that's a simple fix! One must merely set one's doctype to HTML 4.0.
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Post by 3Di » Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:19 pm

drathbun wrote:I want links only to open in a new window if the post was created with quick reply... :P
Did you ask in the requests forum for that MOD? Or are you asking for a new phpBB3 feature, the so called QR, to MOD? :lol: :P
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Re: The one thing I like about phpBB2 better...

Post by RMcGirr83 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:01 pm

drathbun wrote:I want links only to open in a new window if the post was created with quick reply... :P
I want links to open in a new window only if the link intrigues me, then I want it to not open at all even if I click on it.

/me thinks Dave should write a mod up to do that.
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Re: The one thing I like about phpBB2 better...

Post by Highway of Life » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:02 pm

Dog Cow wrote:Ah, but that's a simple fix! One must merely set one's doctype to HTML 4.0.
What a cruel, inhuman thing to do! :o

( :P )

It should read the mind of the user.
Or... just let the user decide how he chooses to browse. :P
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Re: The one thing I like about phpBB2 better...

Post by Dogs and things » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:46 pm

The problem with what you say Highway, is that many of my site's visitors are not exactly experienced surfers.

I'm sure many of them had a hard time in even finding my site. Now, if they click on an outbound link and that link opens in the same window, they'll lose track straight away and will have disappeared from my site unwillingly.

That's why I, as the site's creator/owner, prefer to decide for them and make local links open in the same window and outbounds in a new window/tab.

Even for the local links I'm a bit worried, I'm sure quite a few will not easily find their way back to the forum if the local link took them to a page outside the forum. That's one of the reason I spent a lot of time on a very clear and simple site-navigation. I don´t want to contribute to people getting lost because that'll cost me visitors.

And also, I like to have validated code, that's why I prefer a transitional doctype, I like freedom instead of being limited by my doctype.

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