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refferer puzzle

     

pelachrum

7:05 am on Jan 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member



why does this work in Firefox but not in IE?

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
<!--

if (document.referrer == "http://mysite.com/group.html")
document.write('You came from group');

//-->
</script>

Bernard Marx

2:52 pm on Jan 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



Some things don't work quite right in browsers when working within file system (ie file: protocol). It took me a while to find this out for the onerror event for images in Moz.

If you have a local webserver, try getting the document.referrer property, and it will magically appear.

pelachrum

5:43 pm on Jan 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member



...and by that you mean?

Bernard Marx

8:00 pm on Jan 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



Put the script inside a page being served from a webserver and it will work in IE too.

pelachrum

2:56 am on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member



thanks

I've decided to go with php, at least one thing that actually works in this world lol

whoisgregg

9:43 pm on Jan 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member whoisgregg is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Don't forget that the referrer string can not be trusted. A user can alter what, if any, data they send as the referrer.