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Re: Proposal to add a browsing context named "_private"

From: Richard Barnes <rbarnes@mozilla.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:59:14 -0800
Message-ID: <CAOAcki9Q67QAuYFzvBZmmrcDf8sKkRw73Wj+GiYmVTqPLUGUvw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Utkarsh Upadhyay <musically.ut@gmail.com>
Cc: WebAppSec WG <public-webappsec@w3.org>
This seems like an OK idea.  It certainly seems better-formed than previous
approaches.  As Utkarsh points out, there are already addons that support
this feature, and Firefox and Chrome both have "Open in new private window"
if you right-click.

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 5:45 AM, Utkarsh Upadhyay <musically.ut@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Most browsers now have a private browsing mode, which offer similar
> features, i.e. browsing history is not recorded, cookies are not saved,
> localstorage is flushed when the context ends, and some other forms of
> isolation.
>
> I think it would make sense to formalize such a browsing context and allow
> a webpage to specify that the "target" for an <a> link is "_private", so
> that the page opens in private mode. I can imagine several use-cases for
> this, ranging from aggregator sites offering a privacy preserving browsing
> mode to developers using it for maintaining two sessions on apps they are
> developing. For example, Reddit may offer a mode in which all NSFW links
> automatically open in private mode. Several browser extensions/addons
> (including one by me) have been developed to "work-around" this problem and
> I think that the browser itself is the best place to remedy the issue.
>
> Does this make sense or are there better alternatives/previous proposals
> which deal with this?
>
> I had initially posted this here:
> https://github.com/whatwg/html/issues/493 and Anne recommended running it
> by this mailling list to see if there is any interest in it.
>
> Thanks!
>
> ~
> ut
>
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