It’s a pity with pop-ups…
September 26, 2011
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…that they’ve been abused so much. They are actually quite useful.
Or take this German computer history. If you scroll down to the years 1977–81, you will find links labeled Tandy TRS-80, Commodore Pet, and IBM-PC. Each will open a little window with an image. The images are so small that there was no real reason not to inline them, but I liked this way better (and remember, 640×480 desktops were not uncommon then). You have these images on your screen, you can push them around, arrange them as you want, close them or leave them open when you’ve already left the article itself.
Compare on the other hand these scripts that have become so popular nowadays, where you click on an image link, your whole browser window grows dark or pale and the image is plastered right over the article, you have to close the image to continue reading. Now that’s annoying. I like my old pop-up solution a lot better.