[whatwg] <a href="" ping="">

Alexey Feldgendler alexey at feldgendler.ru
Thu Jan 19 02:09:30 PST 2006

On Wed, 18 Jan 2006 23:38:41 +0600, James Graham <jg307 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> And boy does it suggest this feature will be a marketing problem :(  
> Darin Fisher blogged the Mozilla implementation[1] and received a stream  
> of comments, many from people who clearly haven't thought about how easy  
> tracking already is, to the effect that they will never use a browser  
> with this feature etc. It's hardly a representative sample of people  
> (since the more alarmed users are more likely to comment) but I can  
> easily imagine grossly unfair headlines like "Firefox 3 allows  
> advertisers to track you across the web", ignoring the fact that any  
> browser that implements HTTP redirects supports the same feature in a  
> much less transparent way.

This would eventually lead to Mozilla and other browsers providing a  
user-configurable option to ignore ping="", which in turn would make the  
authors prefer the traditional (redirect-based) tracking because it's not  

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