RE: Referer URI MUST NOT include a fragment

Vincent Murphy wrote:
> During a discussion [0] about why Youtube uses ?feature=related in its
> URIs, I observed that the Referer header URI, if it included a
> fragment identifier, could be used identify the anchor used to
> initiate a GET. This would be useful for
> - analysing anchor popularity,
> - eliminating the need for workarounds and hacks like Youtube ?
> feature=related
> - encourage cleaner, canonical URIs.
> I did a search of discussions around the HTTP protocol, but was not
> able to find the origin of the statement from RFC2616 Section 14.32
> [1], paraphrased in the subject of this message. This statement is
> also in draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-05, section 10.6 [2].
> I seek links to the discussion or rationale and origin of this
> statement, or failing that, comments about how allowing fragment
> identifiers in Referer URIs would enhance or violate web architecture.

One such would be

Robert Brewer

Received on Saturday, 14 February 2009 18:58:50 UTC