Geocities, Tripod and numerous other places, you see the popup advertizing. This is not about those. This is about using popup windows in the design of your pages - what do you have to think about?
I started with a maybe provocative question in the header: Pop or popup? This would indicate that pages can't be popular at the same time as popup windows are used, but is the world that black and white? No, of course not. There are good ways to use it, and there are bad ways. The reason given for using popups may in some, or maybe many cases, tell us if it's put to good use.
The second comment in the article said to take extreme care in replicating the navigation abilities of the toolbar(s) in the design, should you choose to open a window without it. I must agree here. My gripe is in removing it/them in the first place. Sure, it gives you more space on the screen to play with, but opening a completely blank window - which is most usual - removes more than the navigation buttons; I can't see the url I'm on, the ability to print out pages is gone, so is the ability to bookmark pages. Everything is gone, and those are functions I really like to have.
So far, I've started out with negative comments. There will be positive ones too, but a few more critical thoughts first to make you think through the topic.
What I have listed here are just a few reasons, but they should be enough to illustrate my points. The first three reasons typically takes control away from people. The browser suddenly does things they didn't expect, and in worst case leaves no options to go back either. The only way to get back to original state is to start the browser anew - but with the history of their previous visits gone. This often (almost always?) creates bad feelings, which should be avoided.
As for the stuff that needs a popup window, be sure to let people know it's them that are in control. Let them choose to click, and let them see why it is neccessary.
What we're left with is the following points:
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