Broadly speaking, this allows a server to distinguish between: requests originating from a user navigating between HTML pages, and requests to load images and other resources. For example, this header would contain
navigate for top level navigation requests, while
no-cors is used for loading an image.
Servers should ignore this header if it contains any other value.
Note: These directives correspond to the values in
The request is a CORS protocol request.
The request is initiated by navigation between HTML documents.
The request is a no-cors request (see
The request is made from the same origin as the resource that is being requested.
The request is being made to establish a WebSocket connection.
If a user clicks on a page link to another page on the same origin, the resulting request would have the following headers (note that the mode is
A cross-site request generated by an
<img> element would result in a request with the following HTTP request headers (note that the mode is
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