Opening new windows
Links ordinarily update the current window, but my cross-reference links, for example, to another website, or to a different subject area in my site, will tend to open new windows. I've done this because I thought it could otherwise be difficult to find your way back from cross-references. To make it clearer I’ve built in some script controls to open new windows not fully sized. The fact that the original window has not been replaced is more apparent this way - you'll be able to see the original page behind the smaller new one.
It should be possible to second-guess the behaviour. If I haven't written something as obvious as "the following links will open new windows", or the link is otherwise not clearly to another website, then I might suggest a cross-reference with superscripted chevrons> to give a clue before the link is clicked. I’ve also typically included hints, which appear while the mouse is hovering over the link. Here is an example script controlled cross-reference link to the payment details section>
However, please note, particularly if you're using IE (Microsoft's Internet Explorer), and particularly after the installation of SP2 (Microsoft's Service Pack 2), you may have issues with security settings.
If your Pop-up Blocker Filter Level Settings are High, I recommend you set them to Medium. The links should otherwise work, but most likely replacing the existing window content rather than opening a new one.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer doesn’t support tabs, but here you could choose to override opening in a new window, using right-click to open in the same window.
Having said all that, you’ll find cross-reference links not yet fully controlled in this way. I hope to get round to do most of them. One example is the Latest Updates page. The links on the Latest Updates page open a new window by default (it’s designed as page of cross-references). I’ve started changing these (from the top) but it will need a bit of work to do them all because of the number of links involved.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you notice glitches or have particular problems.