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Re: Redirection

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 07:41:29 +0000 (GMT)
To: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20031111073428.I1411-100000@fenris.webthing.com>

On Tue, 11 Nov 2003, Matthew Smith wrote:

> I have a situation where a number of documents were served from a
> database and generated 'on-the-fly'.  These documents were all accessed
> from a single URI, with the query string selecting the document.

Substituting path info for query string might be an option.

> Would it be acceptable to send an HTTP 301 code from the programme to
> redirect the user agent to new document location (the HTML file)?

Yes of course.  That's exactly the right way to do it.

> I don't see how this could constitute an accessibility problem unless
> the user agent were unable to process a 301, but then is every UA fully
> aware of every HTTP code?

I'm not aware of any UA that groks every HTTP return code correctly.
But a browser that failed to follow a 301 would be too broken to use.

Nick Kew
Received on Tuesday, 11 November 2003 03:28:18 UTC

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