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Re: Tracking hits without cache-busting

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 12:11:43 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-talk@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.990629120826.28845B-100000@markov.math.uwaterloo.ca>
On Tue, 29 Jun 1999, Grahame Grieve wrote:

> >That is not a bug in IE5, that is the exact behavior required by the
> >standard.  Back is supposed to show the old page you have seen before,
> >not fetch a new copy.  See for example section 13.13 of rfc2616.
> 
> but this is obtuse to a user. why should a user perceive 
> any difference between a page they got from going back 
> and a page they got from going forward? In highly dynamic
> web applications this caching of back business is a big problem with 
> the http standard

HTML was designed to serve up more or less static pages.  One souce of
information per URL.  Anything dynamic that has been added on is a cheap
hack.  You are very lucky that anything dynamic works at all. If you
want to serve dynamic data, I suggest using Java applet in your page.
Then you can be as dynamic as you want.

-- 
Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
    <URL:http://www.undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca/%7Eroconnor/>
``And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message''
-- Anindita Dutta, ``The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy''
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