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Re: lynx-dev Problem with parameters sent in Lynx

From: Ian Collier
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Problem with parameters sent in Lynx
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 21:08:17 +0000

On Sun, Dec 29, 2002 at 07:43:20PM +0000, David Woolley wrote:
> Refreshing with a 0 delay is explicitly identified as bad practice in
> the HTML 4.01 specfication.  The correct way of redirecting is to
> send an HTTP status 302 (or 301) response, with the correct URL in
> the Location: header.  Amongst other problems, 0 delay refreshes can
> break the Back button on GUI browsers.

I can't decide which is more irritating: this, or web pages whose whole
content is a script saying "document.location=...".

On the one hand, my Netscape [which has JavaScript turned off] will obey
the refresh, so I don't have to go and look at the page source to find
out why I've got a blank page.  On the other hand, at least the latter
doesn't break the "back" button, which is *the* most frequently used
navigation aid.  Getting back past a page with a 0-delay refresh can
be a complete nightmare.


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