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Re: lynx-dev Links activate incorrectly

From: Serge Munhoven
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Links activate incorrectly
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 17:58:53 +0200

On Tue, May 07, 2002 at 10:55:14AM +0100, Ian Collier wrote:
> Curiously, the server doesn't return a Content-Location at all if you ask
> for /index.html instead of / .
> imc

On Tue, May 07, 2002 at 08:50:27AM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
>  On Tue, May 07, 2002 at 02:37:29PM +0200, Serge Munhoven wrote:
> > 
> > Maybe this can be overridden by an explicit
> > <base href="";> in the <head> of the document.
> maybe - but there is none.

I know.  I just wanted to suggest a possible workaround to what IMHO is a
server bug or misconfiguration.  Since I don't have/use IIS, I could not test

On Wed, May 08, 2002 at 07:05:06PM +0100, Peter Norrington wrote:
> Dear Serge,
> Thanks for the help. (RFC's are a bit over my head at the moment. However...) 
> I
> tried the suggestion on one test page only. I could now access all the other
> unaltered pages. Is this unexpected? (I'm not sure I'll understand the 
> answer, but
> it may help lynx-dev to know this.)
> The difficulty with this is that I would have to change ALL pages (in case the
> site is not entered by the front page) with an explicit <base href=...> , 
> making
> the site hard to test off-line. If it's a choice between this and nothing, no
> problem, but any other ideas would be welcome.

As Ian wrote, the problem only occurs when accessing or and not when accessing  It seems not to occur with any page
containing an explicit filename (i.e. not pointing to a directory, in which
case the server has to decide according to its configuration which file
to return, if any).  In short, in this case, "fixing" only the file index.html
corresponding to should be enough.  If there were
any subdirectories with an index.html file the same would apply to those too.
As you remarked, off-line testing needs the <base href= ...> to be removed.
Best would of course be to have your ISP fix its server ...

Hope this helps,

 - Serge

PS: For those interested, the following message about a related issue discusses
a bit how "de facto" (or rather not) this "standard" feature is:

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