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Re: Seeking One-Button BackLink Browser

From: Adam Jack <ajack@corp.micrognosis.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 15:15:02 -0400 (EDT)
To: Robin Hanson <hanson@hss.caltech.edu>
Cc: www-talk@w3.org, hanson@hss.caltech.edu
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950914150545.9650I-100000@becks>
On 14 Sep 1995, Robin Hanson wrote:

> Backlinks were a central feature of early "hypertext" visions.  They
> would, for example, allow people to easily find criticism of pages.
> Imagine that people at the home page of the CIA, RJR Renolds, etc., or
> at some high-profile Op-Ed article, could find responding critiques
> with just one button push!  This might have profound implications for
> public and commercial debate.
	The referring URL is available in the HTTP request for pages.
	Many sites use it in CGI scripts to include it into the HTML
	the provide. It is IMHO - given the current state of HTML - up 
	to the page creator to modify the page content. The browser
	shouldn't be involved.

	This is also logged. I have a script that scans the logs to see
	who viewed my pages with what browsers - and where they came from.

	It is amazingly interesting to the the references from pseudo
	pages created by the WWW search engines. You get to see exactly
	what queries people issued to find your pages. Some people are
	doing a focused search - others are just surfing at random.

	BTW - I form this scripts output into an HTML page which I 
	publish internally. I just need to click on the URLs to go
	do exactly as you suggest. It is a lesson and a half.


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