How it works

Quicklink attempts to make navigations to subsequent pages load faster. It:

Future: Double-keyed HTTP Cache

Most Quicklink users use the library to prefetch links on the same origin. Some users do however care about cross-origin prefetches and this section outlines some relevant notes on double-keyed caching that may impact you.

Modern browsers are shifting towards a double-keyed HTTP cache. This partitions the HTTP cache roughly by the top-frame-origin that a request is made from. This breaks cross-origin resource prefetching, whose goal is to prefetch cross-origin resources and store them in the HTTP cache for later re-use. This limits cache timing attacks but does limit cross-origin prefetching from being effective.

Chrome will allow cross-origin prefetched resources in the HTTP cache to be re-used for top-level navigations, which should be safe because by navigating, the user is explicitly sharing their interest with the destination site.

What this means for Quicklink is that the library will continue to work for same-origin navigations. If you choose to control which origins can be prefetched, these will be limited to prefetching same-origin use-cases only. As this is a browser-level limitation, it will impact any prefetching library.

Session Stitching

Cross-origin prefetching (e.g prefetches has a number of limitations. One such limitation is with session-stitching. may expect's navigation requests to include session information (e.g a temporary ID - e.g<>&timestamp=<>), where this information is used to customize the experience or log information to analytics.

If session-stitching requires a timestamp in the URL, what is prefetched and stored in the HTTP cache may not be the same as the one the user ultimately navigates to. This introduces a challenge as it can result in double prefetches.

To workaround this problem, you can consider passing along session information via the ping attribute (separately) so the origin can stitch a session together asynchronously.

Ad-related considerations

Sites that rely on ads as a source of monetization should not prefetch ad-links, to avoid unintentionally counting clicks against those ad placements, which can lead to inflated Ad CTR (click-through-rate).

Ads appear on sites mostly in two ways: