Originally Posted by joliett89
So what would be the best way to accomplish the same thing according to 2012's standards?
Simply delete all the target= references from your site and then your site will be compliant for 2012 with your visitors being able to choose where to open the links based on how they configure their browser.
I have my browser configured so that by default relative links open in the same tab and absolute links open in a new tab. When I want something different from that I right click the link and I can select between "Open" (which will open where my default tells it to), "Open in New Tab", "Open in Background Tab", "Open in New Window", or "Open in Background Window".
To make sure web sites don't try to override my choice I have the target attribute disabled but not everyone knows how to do that and so web sites that use it will generally annoy their visitors whose preferences don't match the way the site works.