Should Links Be Opened in New Tabs?

I linked to a previous article on this subject in December. This new article seems to lean towards keeping the user/visitor on the same page when clicking a link. As I stated in my previous post I am against links opening in the same page, obliging visitors to use the browsers back button, something which I had been told was a sin in web design lectures!

I do agree however with Tom in the sense that there are many different types of links and that from a user experience perspective we need to rethink how they are handled. keeping a user on a specific page may result in an e-commerce transaction being completed where as opening in another tab may result in a lost sale. Should internal links open on the same page and external ones in a new tab? Should internal and external links be treated the same?

I am very tempted to carry out a user experience study on this, I think the results could be very interesting, If I do I will post all the details on here.

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5 Easy Ways to Recruit Website User Testers

Some very interesting methods for recruiting testers for usability projects. I find that a great way to get free or almost free test users is to have very good friends in academia, preferably lecturers/professors, who can tie in a relevant user testing session with a class project.

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4 Points of Wisdom from Steve Krug’s ‘Rocket Surgery Made Easy’

A must have in any UX persons personal library. This and Steve’s previous book “Don’t make me think” form the basis for any type of website usability testing. The books are very easy to read, Steve knows exactly how to get his message across and one finds one’s self constantly referring back to these books when in the process of planning a new user testing session.

I came across this very well written synopsis of “Rocket surgery made easy” and decided to share it will you.

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