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In reference to a question asked back last October "Should PDFs open in a new tab?" I implemented the method of PDFs opening in the current browser tab (as provided to be an answer to the question). However when creating a table/data-table holding over 1,000+ pdfs customers had voiced about having to constantly hit the back button every-time they needed to access a pdf.
One major concern is customers using a data-table are always returned to the first rows of entries having to paginate until they reach their desired rows. This step is repeated multiple times until customers are frustrated and felt constrained having to go back and fourth while losing their place within the long table trying to locate desired pdfs.
If a website has a table/data-table containing over 200 - 1,000+ pdfs should the pdf open in the current browser tab or should it open within a new tab?
*NOTE: I understand as stated above there was an answer to a previous question but that question's answer doesn't fit my needs with a large datatable/table. The question's "Should PDFs open in a new tab" answer was to open a pdf in the current browser window. This method does not work with a data-table containing over 1,000 rows of pdfs. If a user paginates to say 33 and clicks the pdf, views pdf in the current browser window and hits the back button, they are directed to page 1 of the pagination. Opening the pdf in the current browser is creating more work for the user as every-time they need to open a pdf the same process is followed always taking them away from their previous pagination.
Here is a small example of what I am working with