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No referrer in IE?

Posted on 2009-07-02
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I get a referrer in FF but not IE? How can I debug this? I want to pinpoint exactly why I'm not getting a referrer in IE? I tried looking at the headers etc. but I still don't see why I have the issue?

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by:Michel Plungjan
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What is the referring page?
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by:Opalelement
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If a page has a referrer in FF and you refresh it the referrer stays there. You can't just copy that URL and keep the referrer. You must click on a link that takes you to your script in IE just like you did in FF, then you will have a referrer.
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Hi,
Let me clarify my issue. If I open site A in FF and IE and go to site B in both browsers, I will see site A as a referrer in the FF browser but in IE I will not see a referrer for site B? Referrering domain is www.ea.com
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by:iarla
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Ensure that you client side setting in internet explorer are not prohibiting the generation of referals
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My IE is not prohibiting the generation of referrals.
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by:Opalelement
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URLs of test pages or a code snippet of page B (the one that shows the referrer) could be helpful.
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I could reproduce this

Clicked on a country in the country select box and FF showed ea.com in document.referrer and IE6/XP showed blank

I did see a rel="nofollow"

I wonder if that has anything to do with it


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I can still get a referrer using rel="nofollow" in my own code
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How do you check the referrer? It doesn't output it on the page.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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javascript:alert(document.referrer)

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by:Opalelement
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Oh, using javascript... I tested with PHP which works successfully.
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Just for the record, it seems that it doesn't work in Chrome either.
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So are you saying in PHP it showed the referrer and in JS it didn't?
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Yeah, $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] works fine
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Can you get the referrer from EA.com???


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Not with PHP, unles EA is linking to your site or you have access to a page that it does link to. PHP has to be put in the code and run on the server, not in the address bar.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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I know

So what are you saying about the referer in PHP?
I am pretty sure you would NOT get the referer on the server from there either
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I think I found the issue? It has to do with the external-window class in the css and jquery.
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Thanks!
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