Re: [whatwg] getting rid of anonymizing redirects

Hi Chris,

Looks like this is already supported:

Just need to educate web developers to you use it.


From:  Chris Bentzel <>
Date:  Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:07 AM
To:  Peter Lepeska <>, WHAT Working Group
<>, <>
Subject:  Re: getting rid of anonymizing redirects

There's meta referrer on the document. Combining this with <a ping> or
Beacon for click tracking may remove many of the needs for redirects. Or do
you want something that is per-link rather than per-document?
On Tue Oct 07 2014 at 7:59:51 AM Peter Lepeska <> wrote:
> All,
> Some web site developers use redirects to strip out referrer headers from
> requests issued from users clicking links on their site. This causes a
> blocking round trip and so has a really big impact on web performance.
> Can we give developers an alternative to this technique that will not incur a
> performance penalty? For instance, can linkable elements support a
> łno-referrer˛ attribute or something similar?
> Thanks,
> Peter

Received on Tuesday, 7 October 2014 12:29:17 UTC