View Full Version : Refreshing web pages/time stamps.

19-02-2002, 12:19 AM
Evening All

According to my shortcuts list, Ctrl + F5 will:

'Refresh the current web page, even if the time stamp for the web version and your locally stored version are the same.'

Now ever since I learned about this key combination, I've been inclined to use it 'just to make sure' I get the latest info (sorry about all the quotes, Robo - I'm trying to cut down gradually).

However, it occurs to me that if I understand the idea of a time stamp correctly, then I will always get the most up-to-date result with F5 alone.

In other words, Ctrl + 5 is pointless.

What am I missing here?

19-02-2002, 12:47 AM
Pressing F5 on its own doesn't *always* refresh, as your browser may think that the cached page is exactly the same as the page on the server, whereas Ctrl+F5 will download a fresh copy of the page from the server whether it wants to or not.

19-02-2002, 11:41 PM
Thanks, Mike - but I'm not sure I understand.

If the timestamp changes when the content of the page changes, then why wouldn't a new page be fetched from the server when F5 detects a timestamp change?