[whatwg] <a download> feedback

Glenn Maynard glenn at zewt.org
Sat Mar 31 18:17:51 PDT 2012

On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 6:53 PM, Peter Kasting <pkasting at google.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM, Bjartur Thorlacius <svartman95 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> In special,
>> <a href="http://www.google.com/**url?sa=t&rct=j&q=l%C3%**
>> B6gberg&source=web&cd=**2&ved=0CCwQFjAB&url=**
>> http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thingvellir.**is%2Fsaga%2Flogberg%2F&ei=**
>> F69ST6T3OM6XOqGOnZEK&usg=**AFQjCNEPLku9Nm5bsA12_**
>> oY9mV1gPH3Aeg&cad=rja<http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=l%C3%B6gberg&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCwQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thingvellir.is%2Fsaga%2Flogberg%2F&ei=F69ST6T3OM6XOqGOnZEK&usg=AFQjCNEPLku9Nm5bsA12_oY9mV1gPH3Aeg&cad=rja>"
>> ...
>> does not link to http://www.thingvellir.is/**saga/logberg/<http://www.thingvellir.is/saga/logberg/>.
>> Google could fix this by linking directly. That, however, would allow for
>> opting out of tracking by simply not running scripts.
> This is an unrelated issue, which <a ping> was designed to address.

Not if Google doesn't want it to be possible to opt out of click tracking
(which they might not, since it would reduce the information available to
their search engine).  But yes, that's a separate issue from what I was
trying to demonstrate.  (It's true that "ping" is another solution for
this, but only for this very specific use case.)

Glenn Maynard

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