Re: [Rd] CRAN website: link targets

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Fri 25 Mar 2005 - 10:06:05 GMT

On Fri, 25 Mar 2005, Gregor GORJANC wrote:

> Hello R-masters!

This is R-devel, not the feedback page for CRAN/

> R

R webpages do not AFAICS. may, but that is not R.

> and CRAN webpages use HTML frames for layout. Links to files such as PDF
> are therefore opened within frame. However, with PDFs this can be distracting

That is a function of your browser settings, not part of the WWW standard. Other settings open files in the assigned PDF reader.

> if you have a small monitor, since left frame can be small for viewing PDFs
> with bookmark toolbar in the left in Acrobat Reader. It isn't such a bug
> problem with others i.e. (K)Ghostview etc, but it can be still small to look
> at.
> I suggest to add targets to all links to PDF files. If one wants to see that
> link will be opened in new frame/tab then target="_blank" should used,
> otherwise target="_top" will cause that PDF will be opened "over all frames"
> of current website.

A decent browser will allow you the choice of opening in the frame, in a new tab/window or in the application (here the PDF reader). If yours does not, try a better browser (e.g. Firefox).

What I do think is desirable is for *off-site* HTML links (e.g. for the mailing lists) to use target="_top". That is certainly what my O'Reilly HTML book recommends.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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