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Discussion on: How to handle outbound links in desktop PWA?

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Tyler V. (he/him) • Edited

Based on the information on developers.google.com/web/fundamen... it appears that you do need to add target="_blank"

"Caution: If the user clicks a link in your app that navigates outside of the scope, the link will open and render within the existing the PWA window. If you want the link to open in a browser tab, you must add target="_blank" to the <a> tag. On Android, links with target='_blank' will open in a Chrome Custom Tab."

I do see where the confusion came from on the MDN docs. Initially I read it the same way you did.

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Ben Halpern Author

Hmmm perhaps, but implementations may vary. It seems like it still opens another browser page within the app or something. I think it's possible that this detail is not part of the spec. In fact, I think iOS had a the "back to browser" behavior by default and then switch to "in-app browser".

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Ben Halpern Author

@ Tyler, awesome. That is the confirmation I was looking for and hadn't found. This makes it pretty clear what the current behavior is and that it is the expected behavior going forward.