I have a
link in my webpage that opens up a
dialog that contains some content. Besides showing the content in the dialog. I am also planning to allow that if the user wants to open this content in a new tab instead, he may simply,
- right-click (on the same link) , then
Open link in new Tab.
Thus, for showing a particular content, the same link open up a
dialog if there is a click event but opens up a new tab loaded with information if user right-clicked & selected to open in new tab.
Does it sound like a good idea ? Are there any any usability concerns associated with this ?
I think I could not made my point very clear through my question above. Let me present an example scenario thus.
Consider an application like Gmail which displays lists of emails. Now when you want to see a message, you simply click on it and it opens up in the same tab. Very nice! But what if user wants to open that email in a new tab and keep the inbox list tab intact in the original tab. Unfortunately the Gmail UI doesnt provide this facility. But if you want to provide this facility(to open email in new tab) as well besides allowing to open the content in original tab (through dialog box), I guess a good option would be to allow user to select through right-click if he wants to open the content in new tab.
Like if you see in the Gmail case as well, I think they might be showing up the email content through a dialog box overlay only but, it is just that, this doesnt have the appearance of dialog box but just another page.
I am trying this to provide just an added facility. But if device/browsing software doesn't allow for opening content in new tab, this extra facility wont be there simply and the user can just see the content in the same tab through simple click.