re: How to handle outbound links in desktop PWA? VIEW POST

re: As others have said, I like the "pseudo-browser". It is a familiar pattern for Android/Chrome users. Some apps on Android have the option to open...

But the problem with the integrated popup browser is work flow is interrupted, as you can't cross reference both tabs, as this is blocking everything before it. It's limited in scope,.... But it is enough of an issue, especially for this crowd, where more tabs or windows are a much better option in most instances...


But the user always has the option to open that link in a new tab/window, via context menu or middle click. Using target=_blank forces the choice on the user.

EDIT: Also, I think the webview itself has a context menu to open the link in the browser.

Good tip, I can confirm that I get the following in Chrome on Windows.

  • In the PWA context menu, I can choose to open links in an external browser, private window, etc.
  • In the browser's context menu, I can choose to open DEV.to links in a PWA window.

It seems like the way it functions now does allow for full control.

Edit: Looks like the update to add target="_blank" was made, so the default behavior is an external browser window. 🙁

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