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Obfuscating downloaded URIs (was: Download question)

From: Dave J Woolley <david.woolley@bts.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 11:43:19 +0100
Message-ID: <81E4A2BC03CED111845100104B62AFB5824B30@stagecoach.bts.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org
> From:	Bakos Peter [SMTP:koka@makacs.poliod.hu]
> Is there any way to hide the url of the downloadable file?
[DJW:]  This appears to be a question about
a particular browser, not standard HTML, and 
therefore off topic.

The answer is that it is fundamentally impossible
to do it, as users can view source or bypass the 

It is also very undesirable from a security point of
view, as users need to make judgements on whether they
trust what is being downloaded.

You can obfuscate links to some extent by using non-HTML
techniquese, like Javascript, and that might work for
media types that don't display by default, but you can
still read source, and normal browsers will still include
part of the URI in the confirmation message.  
In fact, if any site tried to do this
to me with Javascript I'd definitely read the source to
make sure they weren't pulling any other tricks.  I'd
first have to turn scripting on!
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