> > [...] and I have learned that when you have a link that is > internal you have that link open within the same window. On the other > hand, I was taught that any link that you have that is a reference to > an external website you should have the link open in an external > window or tab if the user has that set up.
This practice has been debated for years. There are pros and cons to either
solution, and like every "rule", there are exceptions even if the practice
works well for you. The context, as usual, matters most. The best bet is to
come up with a standard for your site and then keep your eye out for
The usability of window management is always a concern, and until there's a
"target=_tab" attribute built into HTML and into every browser, and likely
even beyond that point, this will continue being a source of contention.