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mpt at myrealbox.com
Fri Oct 21 16:43:13 PDT 2005
On 21 Oct, 2005, at 7:42 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Oct 2005, dolphinling wrote:
>> 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'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).
But there is already a better idea: redirects. As dolphinling said,
redirects will work while ping= doesn't. And the script you provided to
get around that not only adds even more complexity, it also won't work
while redirects still work in that case too.
I can understand the usability benefit of not obfuscating the URL. But
given the small proportion of authors who would use ping= (for the
reasons given above), I can't imagine that benefit being greater than
the usability harm from expecting browsers to include a configuration
option that -- if given wording understandable by non-developers, such
as your "Disable user tracking" suggestion -- almost always wouldn't
even do what it claims to do.
Matthew Paul Thomas
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