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When (if ever) should links be opened in a new window?

I have seen a lot of discussion on this topic but it all seems to be opinion based without any research backing up the assumptions. It seems that there are times that it is particularly relevant to ...
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“Useful links” - really useful?

A great many sites I've seen have pages titled "Useful links" or similar. I tend to regard this as bad practice: why have a link on a site if it's not useful? Essentially it feels like a category that ...
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Is it OK to link to product pages from a price change alert in the shopping cart?

We are adding an alert to notify users some items in their cart have changed price. There's been some debate on whether or not to link the items in the list to their product pages. One concern is ...
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What are the differences between buttons and links?

What are the differences between buttons and links?
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How to choose between “show” and “display” something?

English is not my native language but "show" and "display" seems very similar to me. I work on a Web Application and I don't know if it's better to use "show" or "display" in my UI. I need to use ...
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What is the best way to show that a link opens a modal window?

I want to make the user feel that clicking the item will bring up more detail about it in a modal window.
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Is “Read more” a good link text?

Excerpts of posts displayed on a blog index page usually end with a link saying "Read more", "Continue reading", or similar. Now, it's very well understood why "click here" is not a good link text, ...
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Wording for the “edit” link text

I'm building a website that's in many ways similar to StackExchange but more focused on other topics and differently structured. Now, I've come to the links text wording.. Particularly, the "edit" ...
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Link Styling - Active, Hover, etc

I've noticed many sites throughout the web from SBNation to smaller sites not having an 'active' (selected) style for their links. Sites like USAToday do have active states highlighted. My assumption ...
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headings as links

In a lot of cases I've always used headings as links (where they make sense) instead of a heading, info text and then a link For example: Finance website Here's some info text here about this ...
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What is the best practice for link affordance?

If I have several links, what are the best practice to demonstrate that that link has affordance. Take this example: We have a link that only underlines on hover and has no colour. Surely, that's ...
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How to reference (and provide links to) online content in offline media?

Provided that print publications produced in-house and "physical" advertisements have to reference or "link" to online content, what is an accessible (in broader sense) and user-friendly way to do so? ...
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What should a tag list do?

I have a list of tags associated to a page. Currently, those tags link through to a search page of other pages sharing that tag. This is the view from an individual page: I don't think this ...
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Responsive Design with Lengthy Links

Related to question How to resolve lengthy hyperlinks? with responsive webdesign in mind... In past practices on desktop, links would span 2 lines where on mobile they would span almost 10 lines! ...
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How to show for user that the link is visited?

Is it good practice to make visited links different color from not visited links? Many browsers make visited links violet. Or is it good to remove underline from visited links if not visited is ...
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Is 'Home' button still a must?

I was wondering if the 'Home' button is still a must on a website menu, or are users already used to clicking on the Logo? There is a qustion on ux.stackexchange.com about this topic - Home button vs ...
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Any research about “few markets” that expect external links to be opened in new windows/tabs?

Google AdSense, an advertisement service, documents in "Opening the ads in a new window": Generally, it is our policy to not allow Google ads to open in a new window. However, in a few markets, ...
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How to find later parts of a multi-part article

Consider the very common scenario where someone writes a series of articles (Parts 1 through n). With my publisher, Simple-Talk.com, for example, independent of whether I send them one at a time or ...
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Text link distinction

I am working on on a site which uses a hover state on a link within copy (a window pops up, much like a tool tip) as well as a standard link (which takes the visitor to another page). The distinction ...
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Do links need to be blue in business application?

I am currently designing a screen for an internal business application, in this screen is a table that contains a lot of orders, each of these orders have many entities associate with it. - Two ...
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Should we ask browsers to open a link in a new window/tab?

In the past five years more and more people have been advocating abolishing the use of target="_blank". They reason that when people want to open a link in a separate instance they will do so manually ...
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Styling links in a web app

I am building a web app that will have a large number of clickable elements. The problem is if I style this with web best practice i.e. different colour/underlined etc the app looks a mess due to the ...
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Dilemma: How to determine the color for active / unvisited links?

How should you determine the difference between colors of visited vs unvisited links? As an example: I'm working on a theme where link color is purple. I need some suggestion on visited link color ...
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Colours of clickable links in webdesign

This is a redesign of my website im doing: http://www.ryansmurphy.com/redesign/ As you can see, its largely a work in progress, im trying to do a flat ui design. I can tell you now, I am in no way ...
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Primary navigation and off-site links [duplicate]

On a site with a simple top level navigation (About, Blog, News, Careers, Contact), is it a good idea to have the Careers item link to an external site instead of on-site content? I've read articles ...
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How to mark visited vs non visited links

What is the best combination of markings (colour, style etc.) for visited vs. non-visited links in a list that may contain many links and whose contents may have been visited in any number and any ...
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Where to open a Notification-Link in a business web application

we're currently developing a business application platform that consists of several independent programs. When a user performs an action, a backgroundjob will be started. At the end of that job, the ...
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Best way to link to other articles from the newsletter in a blog

I am currently designing a new company blog and we are planning on having a monthly email newsletter. My question is: If someone clicks on one article from the email newsletter, what's the best way ...
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How to send information or link to a user's phone

Say you have a web site showing recipes which include a list of ingredients. We want to get that list of ingredients from the user's desktop browser to the user's mobile phone so when they go shopping ...
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Where should a Continue Shopping link/button link to?

Typically, on ecommerce sites, there is a "Continue Shopping" button or a link in the checkout process. My question is: should that be linked to the previous page a visitor was on? (like a product ...
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Is “search” really used on blogs?

I'm working on a a blog (which includes a mobile version), and I am not sure how useful a "search" button / box would be - especially on the mobile version. I can think of how it could be useful, but ...
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Do all links on a page have to be all underlined or all colored?

I am redesigning a website and currently working on the homepage. I have several links or points of entry via the homepage. I was wondering if I need to follow one convention for styling the links, ...
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Copy/pasting something that's clickable

I have a use case where an element on the page is the most obvious place to link from the list view to the instance view, but users also sometimes need to copy/paste the element text. Because the ...
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How can I decide whether to use a button or a hyperlink? [duplicate]

I have web page that shows the detail information for a parcel of land. You can do the following things from the page. I included an image with the current setup. return to results show an ...
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Linking back to previous webpage?

Currently the company I work for separates their company corporate website and their careers page. What this means is if you go to the parent site and click on the link to see career opportunities, ...
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Hyperlink the verb or the noun?

I'm telling users to get something and where they can get it. Should I hyperlink the action or the destination? Which of the following would be easier for the user to parse and execute? You need ...
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Best placement for a “Go Back” button: top or bottom?

I know that it is bad practice to use a "Go Back" button (since the browser has such a function) but when it can't be avoided for some reason, is it better to put it on top (similar to how the back ...
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With 'OK' button, 'Cancel' should appear as secondary button or link?

When I make web application designs, every time I style form or overlay boxes with OK and Cancel button. I think of making them different. But is it a good practice? Some people recommend primary and ...
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“View Newsletter Online” link to be visible in online version?

When you receive an HTML or Text Newsletter, you'll often see a "Having trouble viewing Newsletter? View Online" link at the very top of the email. When you click on it your web browser fires up and ...
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When to display a link as a previously visited link?

Websites of today contains a variety of links including logo link, global and local navigation links, supplementary or related links, other header links, footer links, inline related links and more. ...
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How should I design a table with clickable rows?

I have a table with information about all loans a client had. This table looks like this Book_Id | BookType_Title | StartDate | EndDate | ...
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Identify different types of clickable shapes?

We're building an application that is like an interactive flow chart. When users are viewing the flow chart, they can interact with certain shapes: Link to another flow chart. Link to an external ...
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Links inside a dropdown

I'm wondering if links inside a dropdown provides a valid user experience, if it isn't part of the main navigation of the site. For a news website I'm trying to come up with a nice way for the ...
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Linking items from lists that also contain slide down information

I have a page for a doctor's practice. In the summary page for the practice there is a list of subsections. Some of these sub sections are very large, others can be a paragraph or 2 with a short ...
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Tile UX: Is there too much information in these tiles?

I'm working on a flashcard application - I really like the UX of skydrive.com and want to apply the tile paradigm to this app. In the app, Cards belong to Sets belong to Folders. A Folder is ...
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Is it better to have more links to the homepage on your website?

Is it a good idea to have more than 2 or 3 links to the homepage on your website? Think about something like: Link in Footer Link in Header (obvious) Link in content Link the headerlogo to homepage ...
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Is it better to offer 2-3 links to access the same page or one single link?

I'm currently working on an events website. On the events landing page, there is a list of upcoming events. Here is how each event is presented: The banner, title and 'more details' button lead to ...
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Unintentional link clicks in table rows

The problem In a desktop application, our users browse a lot of tables. Some cells contain links. Link texts look the same as other cells', except from when hovering, when they turn blue and ...
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How I can make primary navigation links look more like buttons?

I've recently revamped the navigation bar on my website and I'm trying to explore simple changes that will make the links appear less like flat text, and more like clickable buttons. I've added icons ...
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What should we do with external links on a Reddit-like social news site?

Basically, we are working on a site that is similar to Reddit (but not exactly a clone). Users are able to post images, links and text posts (what Reddit calls "self posts") and we believe links will ...