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Re: Definition of "visit" (ACTION-303)

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:23:17 +0100
Cc: "public-tracking@w3.org Group WG" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-id: <87C99615-CF8A-4550-9F6A-7DE10C7CCB20@apple.com>
To: ifette@google.com

On Oct 24, 2012, at 19:51 , Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ) <ifette@google.com> wrote:

> A number of places in the document have a notion of "the site a user is visiting" (largely in relation to determining whether something is a first or third party). I believe it's important for us to have a concrete, unambiguous definition of this.
> What I propose is to use the definition from the HTML spec. (http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/single-page.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=feed#windows)
> A user "visits" a given URI when the user takes action (such as typing that URI into an address bar, clicking a link to that URI on another website, or clicking a link to that URI from an external program that opens a web user agent) that results in a _browsing context_ whose _session history_ contains a _Document_ with an _address_ matching the given URI.
> This is about as concrete and unambiguous as I can make it. By definition, this also resolves ACTION-304 in that the user would "visit" any redirects that were involved in "visit"ing anything else.

I don't think that "knowingly and intentionally" would include re-directs or other 'hidden' effects, so I am not sure that having a formal definition of the verb helps us a great deal here.

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Wednesday, 7 November 2012 14:23:56 UTC

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