TeX Live future access in danger

Taylor, P P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk
Sat Apr 13 11:27:44 CEST 2019

Markus Kohm wrote:

Links are no problem.

This was true for all users until the recent ZDnet announcement<https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-chrome-engineers-want-to-block-some-http-file-downloads/> (with extraordinarily pointless and annoying soundtrack) in re Chrome :   "Google wants to prevent some file types from being downloaded via HTTP when the website domain shows HTTPS".

Problematic are resources like javascript, css, images,
audio or videos which are shown on the page. So real https-pages are not
allowed load http without extra user action.

If at all.  But that is an unrelated issue.

But links that need a click-
action by the user are not a problem.

Until now, and even now, only for Chrome users.  But there are other far important reasons<https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2018/09/23/why-im-leaving-chrome/> to eschew Chrome, even leaving aside its provenance (from a company with a track record of arbitrarily terminating support<http://googlephotos.blogspot.com/2016/02/moving-on-from-picasa.html#links> for products such as Picasa and Picasaweb on which millions have come to depend).

Philip Taylor
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