When I’m navigating around a good site I’ll often have several pages open at once, either as IE windows, or Firefox tabs. I’ll see a link and think “I need to read that when I’m done here, I’ll load it now”, right mouse click and get it going.
Sometimes people are trying to protect their images and page source by blocking the right mouse click. This really annoys me and usually I don’t proceed with the site. The owner has just lost all credibility.
Why that’s pathetic
- The main browser menu still works and will reveal the source
- If you’re trying to protect your images it’s too late, they’re already in my cache and I can retrieve them from there if I really, really want them, but copyright helps. If they’re not needed for a link then consider hiding their location by placing them as backgrounds in the CSS. Not foolproof but the casual image stealer will be stumped.
Good old A List Apart have an excellent article called Smarter Image Hotlinking Prevention which deals with the major reason why people prevent right mouse clicks.
I visited Snowplanet last week and they had a photographer there and the shots go up on their website that evening.
The images were right click protected, but as with everything, you can always get to the source and from there to the image.
Now, I think that’s totally unnecessary.
Seems the folks at SitePoint agree: http://www.sitepoint.com/article/dont-disable-right-click