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Re: HTTPS Everywhere Firefox addon

Scott Bennett writes:

>      What seems to be missing from this discussion is the fact that NoScript
> already supports forcing HTTPS on a site-by-site or pattern basis.  You
> should be using NoScript already if you use Firefox, so just tell it what
> to do.

There's one piece of additional functionality that was added in
HTTPS Everywhere that can be important for these sites.  Although
NoScript lets you use regular expressions to choose which URLs
within a site get converted to HTTPS, NoScript doesn't let you
rewrite _the URL itself_, which HTTPS Everywhere does (also
using regular expression substitutions).  For example, the
current alpha version of HTTPS Everywhere correctly handles
Wikipedia rewrites like

 --> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Security

 --> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/wiki/Sicherheit

 --> https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/pt/wiki/Segurança

It's certainly annoying that Wikimedia doesn't let you use
HTTPS directly this way, but given the status quo, HTTPS
Everywhere can address this.

Seth Schoen
Senior Staff Technologist                         schoen@xxxxxxx
Electronic Frontier Foundation                    http://www.eff.org/
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