You open the lift gate and lift both latches with a hardtop.
With a soft top it is harder. At least with a yj style soft top. You have to unzip the window on each side, pop the latches and then guide it down.
I love how my cj tailgate looks but to be honest I don't care anything for it being a tailgate versus a swing out. Makes it hard to access gear. I'm looking at finding a way to make my tailgate swing like my carrier. I know that is crazy to most cj owners but it is a pita for me to be in and out of my back area.
Just something to consider. Not trying to start any debate either.