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February 5, 2003

Standards Are Good, M'Kay?

Posted by Mike on February 5, 2003 12:58 PM

Yesterday Sam noticed an entry by Jason Kottke about header abuse, namely RSS readers reporting themselves as referers when they access Web sites. This isn't the right thing to do according to the standard, which mandates that referers must have a URI of their own. Good to note that with the latest release of NetNewsWire, that's been fixed, which means I get to feel less antisocial when I use it since my visit won't represent a borderline case of spamming an admin's logs.

Nothing wrong with a little advertising, but it's good to stick to the specification... it's what makes the Internet go 'round.