Surely I am not the only user of this site with this habit - if I want to have look at the linked content I right-click on the link to open it in a new tab, so when I finish reading I then turn to the new tab.

However if the link entirely consists of MathJax code, instead of what I want a MathJax settings menu appears (in Chrome, I don't know whether with other browsers it is the same).

Admittedly this is a rare situation, I encountered it a couple of times - e. g. there are several such links on the page of the question Fundamental Examples; also I am aware that Ctrl-click still works in these cases. Nevertheless, my question is whether it is technically possible to activate MathJax menu only if the code is not that of a link consisting entirely of MathJax.

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    $\begingroup$ It is good to chose some specific tags too. (I removed the "bug" to have some more space and as it is not technically a "bug". Note that thus tagged question actually enter a bug-tracker.) $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Nov 11, 2015 at 18:15
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    $\begingroup$ @quid Thanks, that last circumstance did not occur to me $\endgroup$ Nov 11, 2015 at 18:20
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    $\begingroup$ A middle button/scroll wheel click will typically open links in a new tab, and does not interact in any special way with the MathJax. $\endgroup$
    – Ben Barber
    Nov 13, 2015 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ @BenBarber wow thanks I would never expect that! Of course the only reason I preferred right-click-menu over control-click was that I did not need keyboard, so this is even better! $\endgroup$ Nov 24, 2015 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ Does wrong-clicking do the right thing? $\endgroup$
    – LSpice
    May 8, 2019 at 13:21

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The issue is well-known, see for example the second item in this post on a site close by.

I suppose it would be technically possible, however I am a bit against it, as it adds a layer of complexity that seems not warranted to me. Moreover, it would cause an issue on how to access the MathJax menu in that case.

A way to a solution could be to try to convince user not to have MathJax-only link-text. For example, this practice is promoted on math.se (see link above, for example).


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