[whatwg] "Content-Disposition" property for <a> tags

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Tue Dec 7 01:13:21 PST 2010

On 02.08.2010 18:56, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> 2010/8/2 Kornel Lesiński<kornel at geekhood.net>:
>> Downloads can be "forced" already with Content-Disposition: attachment. It's just harder to do, and unfortunately that doesn't stop webmasters from trying. Popular PHP snippets for forcing download are among the most disgusting cargo-cult code I've ever seen — they're collection of self-contradictory and nonsensical HTTP headers, break caching and resuming, and often have security vulnerabilities.
>> It would be great if we could obsolete those scripts.

It would be great if those scripts could just get fixed.

> Indeed; I've used those code samples, and since the entire area is
> basically voodoo to me, I still have no idea which headers I sent did
> anything and which are useless or even harmful cruft.  In general,
> even well-educated authors have no clue what they're doing here.

I believe the spec for C-D is sufficiently clear. But you still need to 
read it :-).

Best regards, Julian

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