[whatwg] Issues concerning the <base> element and xml:base

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Mon Mar 3 12:37:31 PST 2008

Krzysztof Żelechowski wrote:
> Dnia 01-03-2008, So o godzinie 17:12 -0800, Maciej Stachowiak pisze:
>> On Mar 1, 2008, at 4:20 PM, Jonas Sicking wrote:
>>> For example on a <a href="...">, does the user hovering the node  
>>> count?
>> If you display an absolute URI to the user at this time it should get  
>> resolved against the current base, but since this is not a load, it  
>> should get resolved again when the user clicks the link, if the base  
>> changed.
> I am not sure I understand you correctly 
> but if this introduces the ability 
> to make the user agent 
> report a different URL than the effective target, 
> it is going to be a sweet candy for phishers.
> (Newer browsers made this effect unavailable to scripts).

It is already very possible to make a link that appears to go to one 
url, but in reality goes to another. Here are three examples:

<a href="http://www.good.com"

<a href="http://www.good.com"

<span style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;"
  go to www.good.com

/ Jonas

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