[whatwg] several messages about a way to disable referer headers for links

Geoffrey Sneddon foolistbar at googlemail.com
Tue Nov 6 15:23:36 PST 2007

On 4 Nov 2007, at 12:40, Anne van Kesteren wrote:

> On Sat, 03 Nov 2007 18:27:50 +0100, Krzysztof ??elechowski <giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl 
> > wrote:
>> Dnia 03-11-2007, sob o godzinie 08:42 +0000, Ian Hickson napisa??(a):
>>> Ok, I've added a rel value similar to "nofollow" called  
>>> "noreferer" that
>>> does this.
>> While we are unable correct the spelling of "referer", we certainly  
>> need
>> not duplicate it for "noreferrer".  There must be some end to this
>> self-humiliation.
> I think it's way better to stay consistent. Especially as the  
> feature affects the Referer (sic) header.

I too think Anne is right here — there are enough things that are  
inconsistent in the web already. Don't add another thing that requires  
me to think. I'll just make mistakes. A markup language should not  
require me to think — it should reflect logical structure.  
Importantly, outwith the structure, logic dictates contextual  
consistency (even if that goes against being consistent with other  

Geoffrey Sneddon

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