Simulating target="_blank" with JavaScript

Had a requirement the other day to simulate target=”_blank” (i.e. opening a webpage in a new window) by just specifying the href attribute. This is done using JavaScript as follows (note that void(0); ensures that nothing is sent back to the page that the link exists on – i.e. the browser doesn’t try to follow the actual href):

<a href=”javascript:‘’); void(0);”>This is a test</a>

Note that I have only tested this in IE6.

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