User Interfaces should be predictable. Not like suspense thrillers where you don’t know what’s coming next. Users should be aware of the consequence of the actions they take, no hidden surprises. How did we miss such a simple UX rule when implementing the anchor tags?
Fixing the UX of hyperlinks
Nash Vail

There is already an accepted convention for well behaved sites. All links should open in current page ( — 2008.

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