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Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Oct 21 14:42:38 PDT 2005

On Fri, 21 Oct 2005, dolphinling wrote:
> > 
> > Thoughts? Is it evil?
> > 
> >    http://whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#ping
> > 
> It's not evil in and of itself, but it won't ever be useful. Anyone who 
> just finds themselves curious won't be able to use it reliably for at 
> least 10 years, because of internet explorer. Anyone who actually 
> _needs_ to know won't ever be able to use it, because it's easily 
> disableable. Even in controlled environments where that can all be 
> standardized it won't be useful, because in a controlled environment you 
> can get most of that information easily anyway.
> I do like the semantics of it. I like how it separates two things 
> (linking and link tracking) which really should be separate. But I don't 
> think it will work, and I think it should be removed in favor of some 
> future idea that will work (if one is even possible).

I'll leave it in until someone comes up with a better idea, so that we 
have a placeholder (and so that people who wish to experiment with the 
idea can do so -- there seems to be at least some interest in it).

I agree that if something better comes along in the future we should use 
that instead!

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