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From: Grant Edwards <grant.b.edwards@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] [OT] Browser support for IPv6 Link-Local: oh, the shame...
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:39:24
Message-Id: m3gbn9$5vu$
1 I just found out that Firefox recently _removed_ support for IPv6
2 link-local addresses. It was a very useful feature -- at least to me
3 -- but it wasn't required by law, so they removed it. Yes, that's
4 _actually_ what the devs said in the thread I found.
6 AFAICT, chrome has never supported it. Links doesn't. w3m doesn't.
8 Internet Explorer does.
10 Oh, the shame...
12 You'd think with a nice geeky feature like that, it would be the other
13 way around: supported by firefox/chrome/links/w3m but not by IE.
15 Of course the _way_ that Microsoft supports it using some meaningless
16 numerical index as the zone identifier is rather half-arsed compared
17 to the interface names you use on Linux, but at least it _works_ in
18 IE.
20 [For those of you keeping score, curl does support IPv6 link-local
21 addresses, so it's not a shutout.]
23 Now that RFC6874 is standards-track, I assume Firefox devs will be
24 forced (against their will, apparently) to put that feature back in.
25 Hopefully Chrome, w3m, links, et alia will follow suite.
27 IPv6 link-local addresses are _way_ cool for dealing with embedded
28 devices that have network interfaces. You can actually set them up
29 and use them without having to faff about with dualing DHCP servers,
30 temporarily adding an IP address/route to your laptop/desktop, using
31 proprietary Windows-only widget-management utilities, configuring the
32 thing via serial console, USB port, hardware switches/jumpers, etc.
34 --
35 Grant Edwards grant.b.edwards Yow!
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