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Refresh and BACK key

From: nir dagan <dagan@upf.es>
Date: Sun Apr 26 01:48:50 1998
Message-Id: <199804260541.HAA09240@sahara.upf.es>
To: po@trace.wisc.edu
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Gregg wrote:
   If you go "BACK" to the page would it
> time out and jump you off of it again?

Some browsers (e.g. Netscape) that support the refresh feature
do exactly as you say. If you are refreshed from page A to be
with 2 seconds delay, in order to move back from B to the page 
_before_ A the user has to hit the back key 
twice very quickly as otherwise he'll be refreshed again to page B.
In netscape the user can't read page A for more than 2 seconds.

Other browsers (e.g., Opera in "refresh enable mode") will bring the user 
from page B directly to the page before A, if the user hits the back key
So the user can't return to page A altogether. (at least in no evident way)

Both implementations have their disadvantages. So there is room for 
browser guidelines here.

Nir Dagan.
Received on Sunday, 26 April 1998 01:48:50 UTC

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