About opening of links in new tabs or browser windows (Features)

by Auge ⌂ @, Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 10:54 (40 days ago) @ Micha


Currently, one has the choice to open a link in a new tab or to leave the side by clicking the link. So, the different is, that I make the decision and not the software.

I thought about your argument and think, it's valid. On the other side there is obvoiusly a demand for several people to be able to open links in other windows, tabs or – to mention the case of ChristianForum – by breaking out of a frame/iframe.

Because of that I changed my intention to a two step solution.

1. Make the forum wide setting a named setting (as you proposed in the PR-discussion) _parent or _top. This would make it possible to provide a dedicated name of a frame/window or the keywords that are relevant for frame handling. Default value would be NULL, keywords (_blank and _self) would get ignored.
2. Add a user setting that activates the value _blank (the other possible keywords makes IMHO no sense in this context).

This would make it possible to handle the forum in a frameset (case 1) and to offer the opening of links in other tabs or windows only for the interested audience (case 2). But – and that's a big but – I have no clue how to inject the user setting into the relevant functions. Injecting the forum settings is easy, add global $settings; and you are done. But user settings are optional because not every visitor is a logged in user and therefore I can't use global for it. On the other hand I don't know how to add the user setting to the parameter list of the relevant functions. These functions get called only in the functions html_format and signature_format where the bbcode class gets configured for these special cases.

It would be possible to make the setting an optional paremeter for html_format and signature_format and provide it inside these functions for the calls of do_bbcode_url (Next question is how to commit it to these functions?). But this solution looks not really nearly elegant.

Does my thoughts lead to anywhere?

Tschö, Auge

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