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How does Google autorefresh it's pages like News on my browser?

With no Javascript turned on!

1:37 am on Nov 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

Today I was viewing some news through [news.google.com...] and noticed that while reading the page it all of a sudden refreshed on me causing it to loose the headline I had been reading.

I checked my browser (Opera 5.12) and made sure Javascript was turned off. It was. I also looked through the page source code and did not see anything that would indicate how Google was able to do this.

Does anyone have any idea how Google was able to force refresh the page I was looking at? Even while Javascript was turned off in my browser?



1:42 am on Nov 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

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well, i don't know how G done it exactly, but possible with tag <meta refresh>. Don't think that uses javascript.
1:43 am on Nov 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It's nothing to do with javascript. At most levels that is a browser command platform client sripting language.

Your're talkin about cookies, and connectivity, hence if your on the site for x. amount of time it refreshes (your constantly sending request back and foruth betwwen you (client) and the hosting server of the site.

WebmasterWorld refreshes every three minutes, just leave the active page on for a while - watch the screen, and it will refresh - hopefully the wait, nobody will make noise at 179 seconds, as you'll miss it.

5:35 am on Nov 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

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<meta HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" CONTENT="900">