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Re: Cookies, sessions, browser software

From: Ross Nicoll <jrn@jrn.me.uk>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:16:20 +0100
Message-ID: <50097644.6000301@jrn.me.uk>
To: Paul Frazee <pfrazee@gmail.com>
CC: ietf-http-wg@w3.org
If session management is going to use headers, surely it needs to be 
defined in the protocol, irrespective of whether the user agent or 
client-side Javascript writes those headers.

Beyond that, I don't think we can assume user agents will support 
Javascript or any other sort of scripting, and I fear that single pages 
that re-write themselves are likely to be a nightmare in terms of 
accessibility (for example for blind users). Certainly I'd much rather 
define sessions in a way that the user agent can manage, and therefore 
can present options (such as logout) in a way that makes sense given 
their user interface.

On 20/07/2012 15:39, Paul Frazee wrote:
> On the issue of cookies-- is it possible that improving javascript
> features in browsers will ultimately solve the problem? For instance,
> the trend of one-page applications give a model in which requests are
> formed by the application's client software, allowing it to specify
> any session-identifying headers it needs. The model also helps with
> caching, as session-specific data can be requested in individual
> chunks, while application-environment data (the layout, common markup,
> etc) come separately (with more caching, since they apply more
> generally).
> If I'm understanding it correctly, I'd suggest that cookies & sessions
> be considered a client software issue, not a protocol issue.
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