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RE: [#179] Meta "location" redirect

From: Michael Cooper <michaelc@watchfire.com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 08:59:44 -0400
Message-ID: <D9ABD8212AFB094C855045AD80FB40DD017E08D6@1wfmail.watchfire.com>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

Hmm... leave it to Apache. The way I interpret this, for the purpose of HTML
techniques, is that it is a server function, not an HTML function. Although
with mod_html_meta Apache would respond to <meta> elements in the HTML, it
is creating an HTTP header and that is what the browser responds to. So the
presence of <meta http-equiv="Location"> in the HTML is not relevant and we
don't need a technique for it. If we had a set of techniques for HTTP, which
I think we might find ourselves doing, then the Location header would
definately be relevant and something we would cover. At that point it might
be worth noting that with Apache you can influence the HTTP header by the
HTML, but it would still fundamentally be an HTTP technique, not an HTML
technique. Does that make sense? Michael

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carlos A Velasco [mailto:Carlos.Velasco@fit.fraunhofer.de]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 12:52 PM
> To: Michael Cooper
> Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> Subject: Re: [#179] Meta "location" redirect
> 
> 
> Hi Michael,
> 
> My 2 cents:
> 
> The technique proposed does work unless you have an Apache server [1] 
> with the mod_html_meta module:
> 	<http://www.yoshidam.net/mod_html_meta.txt>
> 
> Therefore, the standard technique shall be (as it was): use *always* 
> server side redirects.
> 
> regards,
> carlos
> 
> [1] http://httpd.apache.org/
> 
> Michael Cooper wrote:
> > The issue I would like to raise comes from a suggestion 
> about a way to do
> > auto-redirect in HTML. The standard way to do this is to 
> use a <meta>
> > element to mimic an HTTP refresh header, e.g., 
> > 
> > <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="http://www.watchfire.com/" />
> > 
> > The suggestion was that we use the "location" header, e.g., 
> > 
> > <meta http-equiv="Location" content="http://www.watchfire.com/" />
> > 
> > I tested this in IE6 and Mozilla 1.2 and it did not work. 
> Further, according
> > to my understanding of HTTP, it theoretically should not 
> work. Therefore I
> > propose that we declare this a "non-technique" and close 
> the issue, and need
> > the group's approval.
> 
> 
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