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Preventing client-side caching of the validator results

From: Frédéric G. MARAND <fgm@osinet.fr>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 11:37:38 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <000501c023e2$6741f210$c75202c0@kalix.fr>
To: <www-validator@w3.org>
Hello,

After using the HTML4.0 (and CSS) validators it for my pages from...
    http://www.osinet.fr/code/glo.asp
(a kind of terminology dictionary, that uses parameters to point to various
subsections)

...I noticed the results page always came back not recalculated, unless I
specifically asked for a refresh. Going further, I found the answer from the
validator does not include any cache-control directive or other form of
cachebuster, to prevent browsers from reusing the previous results page.

Maybe it would be a good idea to add something along that line ? For
instance, the simple fact of changing the default link code from:

<p>
  <a href="http://validator.w3.org/check/referer">
    <img border=0 src="http://validator.w3.org/images/vh40"
      alt="Valid HTML 4.0!" height=31 width=88></a>
  </p>

to something including the page URL would already remove most client-side
caching. Like:

<p>
  <a
href="http://validator.w3.org/check?url=heregoestheurlofthepagetobevalidated
">
    <img border=0 src="http://validator.w3.org/images/vh40"
      alt="Valid HTML 4.0!" height=31 width=88></a>
  </p>

Or maybe not ? I noticed nothing about this in the mailing list archive.

Best regards.

Frederic G. MARAND
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Received on Thursday, 21 September 2000 12:49:06 GMT

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