Browsers Dilemma : Opening a new window o a new tab?

Currently I’m working o a Windows 7 laptop and this is the version of my browsers:

  1. Firefox 19.0 
  2. Internet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421IC
  3. Chrome 25.0.1364.97 m

The scenario I’m testing is that TeamMentor’s articles should be displayed in a new Window once you double-Click on the articles table row:

Table row


This is how it looks like in the thee browsers mentioned above:

In Internet Explorer it Opens a new Window:

New window

In Firefox, it opens the article in a new tab



In Chrome, It opens a new Tab like Firefox does:

New tab


Is it all about configuration?

It seems like those values are configurable, for Firefox you can customize it and Chrome does not go to far from this approach.

What it might impact is the user experience in some way, because it depends on how they would like to see it.

Does it impact the testing?

I hope it does not!. Currently there is a way in WebDriver to switch to the active window.I’ve done some test so far and this approach seems to be working on a new Tab, I will write some test and I will see if it works as expected.



About Michael Hidalgo

Michael is a Software Developer Engineer based on San José, Costa Rica. He leads the OWASP Chapter from Costa Rica. You can take a look at my blog at
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