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"Back" button not grayed out

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3:46 am on Jun 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed recently on at least two different sites when I arrive on those sites in a new browser window (as when I click on a link in an email), the "Back" button is not grayed out as it traditionally has been. Clicking on the Back button in those situations takes me to another page on that site (i.e. the home page).

How is this done?
6:21 am on June 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My first suspicion is <link rel="prev" href="page.html"> in the <head> - not sure about that, however.
11:43 pm on June 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My first suspicion is <link rel="prev" href="page.html"> in the <head> - not sure about that, however.


I tried that and it did not work.
11:48 pm on June 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Does this happen on all browsers?
12:06 am on June 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have only Firefox and IE and it does not happen on IE.
12:44 pm on June 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Most likely it's a javascript redirect...

location.replace() should be used and will ensure that the back button remains gray, however, if location.href is assigned instead, the back button will be enabled.

Opera may behave differently - I haven't checked for years but it certainly used to.

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1:41 pm on June 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Most likely it's a javascript redirect...


Yes, I would also guess that it was some kind of redirect. Is the URL in the link that you click on different to the URL that you ultimately end up at?