March 10, 2004
The new Windows XP service pack due out from Microsoft will make sweeping changes in the default security options for lots of users, but one thing that will be included will be pop-up blocking. This should be a relief for many, especially since even without pop-up blocking enabled, new rules will be enforced on pop-ups that aims to disallow pop-under advertising and pop-ups that take over your screen. Even with the feature turned off, pop-up windows will have to abide by new rules as to size and position that make them near impossible for less experienced users to close. Of course, this will affect many websites, and if you code for the web, you're going to want to pay attention to all the window.open() code you've got.