Hotlinking is a term used on the Internet that refers to the practice
of displaying an image on a website by linking to the same image on
another website, rather than saving a copy of it on the website on
which the image will be shown.
I don't think it's that limited a term. I believe hot linking refers
to any text or image that has the tag attached to it that makes that
image or text into a clickable link. Image maps, for example, can
also be hot linked.
I've never seen the term used that way and can't find any online
information that defines hotlinking any other way than the definition
To be clearer, hot-linking detection would be done by the server, not
the browser. I don't get any messages when viewing the image in
Perhaps there is a proxy server in the OPs setup that's confused.
A single image can't be hotlinked to anything. When you click on
that URL you should be going right to the server and asking for the
image, there is no HTML involved where you might find a hotlink.
Perhaps the person getting the message should try a "view source"
to try to see where the message is coming from.
I've never heard of hotlinking in terms of *only* referring to bandwidth
stealing by linking directly to an image on another server. I've just
heard of it in general as referring to a hypertext link or hot spot on a
web page, which, can include the method you mentioned.
Are you referring to just the <img> tag that references the single image
being that can't be hotlinked to anything?
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