Crumbling a Cookie

What We Call A Cookie Covers Four Basic Components

The cookie itself is really just a name=value pair like age=42, sex=female or id=abc123, but this pairing has a life cycle and may be thought of as existing in 4 separate places or stages. The four basic elements below cover all of what we consider to be a cookie.

  1. The request by the site to have the browser accept a reminder - the Set-Cookie: event.
  2. The actual storage of the reminder by the browser on the user's computer - the client cookie store.
  3. The sending of the reminder by the browser site who issued the cookie - the Cookie: event.
  4. The storage and use of the cookie by the website who issued such cookie - Cookie logging and use.

For more information on each of these stages please consult the detail pages.