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Last Comment Bug 440035 - Links to "_blank" open new tab in wrong window
: Links to "_blank" open new tab in wrong window
Product: Firefox
Classification: Client Software
Component: Tabbed Browser (show other bugs)
: 3.0 Branch
: x86 Windows XP
: -- major with 5 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it
: Dão Gottwald [:dao]
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Reported: 2008-06-18 09:53 PDT by anya
Modified: 2012-06-11 21:04 PDT (History)
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Description User image anya 2008-06-18 09:53:19 PDT
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0

We have an intranet that begins by opening a new window (windowB) using a link that has javascript (on windowA). From this new window, we have a navigation menu. This menu has (a) some items that open in the same space (same window, same tab), (b) some items that open in a new tab (same window, new tab), and (c) some items that open in a new window (new window, new tab). In Firefox 2, all three of these options worked. In Firefox 3, option b is not working properly. The link (<a href="info.php" target="_new">New Page</a>) opens a new tab in the original window (windowA: the one that the was on).

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. create page with link to open new window (using
2. open page in windowA
3. click on link to open windowB
4. in windowB click on link to open new tab (<a href="info.php" target="_new">New Page</a>)
Actual Results:  
Link opens in a new tab in windowA

Expected Results:  
Link should open in a new tab in windowB
Comment 1 User image Niky 2008-12-18 06:25:27 PST
I've got the same problem and for this reason our web application supports all browsers but not firefox 3
Comment 2 User image Marian Hudec 2009-01-13 05:48:39 PST
Yes, i confim this bug. we have the same problem. Look here and try it in FF2 and FF3.
Comment 3 User image barbara.devido 2009-04-03 06:05:50 PDT
I confirm the bug.
A possible workaround is to use a javascript that converts all the target=_blank into a, but it's surely not the best solution.
Comment 4 User image Seth Green 2010-06-22 09:21:42 PDT
duplicate of ?
Comment 5 User image Swarnava Sengupta (:Swarnava) 2012-06-11 21:04:14 PDT
Firefox 3.0 is now EOL, please try latest version of Firefox and feel free to open if it reproducible on latest build
for support

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