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[whatwg] Feedback on Meta referrer

From: David Bruant <bruant.d@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:46:19 +0100
Message-ID: <4F2120EB.6070103@gmail.com>
Le 26/01/2012 10:35, Boris Zbarsky a ?crit :
> On 1/26/12 9:12 AM, Adam Barth wrote:
>>> Should the speculative parser have knowledge of<meta name=referrer>?
>>
>> That's not what's currently specified.  Like many other browser
>> features, this feature lets web sites detect that the browser is
>> speculatively prefetching resources.  If that's a big issue, it's
>> something we can try to address.
>
> It seems like a bigger problem is that if speculative prefetches don't 
> know about this <meta> then they will leak the referrer, which is 
> something the site did NOT want to happen.
A radically different approach that websites could take to express not 
wanting the referrer to be sent on requests for a given page would be 
sending a specific HTTP header in the response. This way, the user agent 
would know what the intention is before having to read any <meta> header 
and could do the prefetches without sending the referrer.

David
Received on Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:46:19 UTC

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