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lynx-dev Re: bug in Lynx v2.8

From: Foteos Macrides
Subject: lynx-dev Re: bug in Lynx v2.8
Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 10:25:08 -0400

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Kristol <address@hidden>
To: address@hidden <address@hidden>
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 1998 9:34 AM
Subject: bug in Lynx v2.8

>[Have you changed affiliations?]


I've retired from the WFBR, moved to Astoria, NY, and no longer have any
affiliations.   Also, as of the v2.7.2 release, now superceded by the
release, I no longer am involved in Lynx code development (no longer
offer code with bug fixes, enhancements, and field test implementations
based on the discussions in IETF WGs)..  I am CCing this to the
address@hidden list, where others can evaluate and try to deal with


------Rest of Original Message------
>A user of our LPWA web proxy (<>) reported a problem,
>which I traced to his Lynx v2.8.  The proxy's login form has
>and ACTION="http://lpwa./";.  Note the trailing '.' following "lpwa",
>which is deliberate.  It appears that Lynx discards the trailing '.',
>which leads to the login process's failing.
>There was some discussion on http-wg about trailing '.'s in domain
>names.  (RFC 1034 refers to them as absolute domain names:
>   - a character string which represents a complete domain name
>     (often called "absolute").  For example, "poneria.ISI.EDU."
>Roy Fielding finally weighed in on my side with this example to point
>out its necessity:  At UCI there's a College of Medicine, whose
>sub-domain is, yes, ".com".  So there are local addresses of the form
>"" which resolve in their local DNS to  If
>they want to visit the site for *company* "mach", they would have to
>The latest version of the URI spec. allows trailing '.' in domain
>I hope that's enough evidence to lead to a Lynx fix. :-)
>Dave Kristol

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