Not unblocking pop-up windows

9th July 2008 – 12.35 pm

I find it amazing that a new, professional site has the following message on a main page:

Please ensure pop-up blockers are turned off for this domain.

People block pop-ups partly because of advertising abuse, but I imagine it's increasingly because the popularity of tabbed browsing allows the user control of the browser such that there aren't extra windows spawning unexpectedly in different shapes and sizes.

If you are aware that there are browsers that block pop-up windows and that people are likely to have pop-ups disabled, I suggest you design your site not to use pop-up windows.

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