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2nd the call for a modal window, not only because it'll be less confusing for the user, but because on mobile it will also be faster & use less system memory. Most mobile browsers deliberately animate new windows in such a way to tell the user "you're no longer browsing that site - you're going somewhere else now, whether you like it or not!" They may ...


I would consider a a modal window the better practice. It keeps the user on the same page, it just gives them a quick glance. If a new tab sporadically opens up, they might get confused and try to hit back (Which won't work in a new tab) then get frustrated. I also never liked moving my mouse all the way to the top of the page just for this small ...

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