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    Hi,

    I am in the process of planning a real estate website and we've come up against a bit of an unknown regarding giving search results to a user:

    Say the visitor has performed the search and now has a page of results in front of them. When they click on the link to the property is it better to have (a) a javascript window pop-up with the details, leaving the query results still in the parent page, or (b) is it better load that particular property's details over the top of the query results?

    I ask this from the point of view of
    1. would the user get confused that there are now two pages in front of them (though I think people are getting used to more than one window now?) and;

    2. from a design point of view: If the details are loaded over the top of the results can just hitting the back button or clicking a javascript history.back() link bring them back to were they were wiothout having to run the query again? ... on all browsers/platforms?

    I also guess that this method is neater then a pop up but I am not sure is best mainly from a PHP query point of view.

    Any help, comment, or better ways of doing it appreciated.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomatoe is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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    SitePoint Author Kevin Yank's Avatar
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    Both methods will work; which you choose will really be determined by your audience. The only way to find out which is truly best is to do a usability study of both options.

    I know that wasn't the quick and definitive answer you were after... sorry. Here's an article that might help: Professional Website Usability
    Kevin Yank
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