willTransition will not fire without hash


#1

I have an app where locationType was set to hash. When I would go into the url and manually change it, my willTransition would fire. Recently I switched it to auto and now when I change that url, it does not fire. Thoughts?


#2

Presumably it doesn’t fire because you’re getting a whole-page load instead. That’s the expected behavior. When you type in a new URL, the browser is always going to go and fetch it.

hash is special because browsers know that everything after # is local to the given page, so they don’t need a full refresh if only the hash is changing. The traditional use for # is links that stay within the current document.