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Add download and external link tracking #631

merged 1 commit into from Aug 6, 2015

Add download and external link tracking #631

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@fofr fofr commented Aug 5, 2015

Following on from alphagov/govuk_frontend_toolkit#208

This is a minimum viable tracker. It will work as expected in Chrome and Firefox – browsers that support navigator.sendBeacon, about 30% of all users. On older browsers we will still send analytics events, and we'll receive some data, but not all events will make it to GA and the dataset will be incomplete. We will however be able to estimate what proportion of events we're missing based on the complete Chrome and Firefox datasets – those estimates can be used to prioritise and influence a more complex solutions.

A fully-formed tracker would include, in older browsers, a means of preventing the page from loading until an event has been successfully tracked. This degrades the user experience and the complexities introduce a greater risk of links not working. The data collected from this tracker will provide much needed context and visibility.

edds added a commit that referenced this pull request Aug 6, 2015
Add download and external link tracking
@edds edds merged commit 77c23f5 into master Aug 6, 2015
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