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Re: deleting slash at the and of an URL

From: <s.buczak@mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 14:47:34 -0500
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To: <www-amaya@w3.org>

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave J Woolley <DJW@bts.co.uk>
To: www-amaya@w3.org <www-amaya@w3.org>
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2000 9:57 AM
Subject: RE: deleting slash at the and of an URL 


>> From: Irene.Vatton@inrialpes.fr [SMTP:Irene.Vatton@inrialpes.fr]
>> 
>> But you can also access a document without any suffix and only
>> the server knows if the URI points to a document or a directory,
>> not the client. I consider that the client doesn't have to add a /.
>> 
> Documents and directories are implementation
> details in the server; that there is commonly
> a correlation between a URL and a directory path
> doesn't guarantee that to be so.
>
> The particular problem with dropping the / is that
> the resulting redirect isn't cacheable, so the 
> request goes end to end even when a local cache has
> the required page.
>
> Redirects are essential here, otherwise relative
> URLs will break.
>
> In the case quoted the client has broken because the /
> form was tried first and, reasonably, rejected (some
> serveres would ignore the excess pathinfo) but Amaya
> thought that the non-/ form must be equivalent, so
> has refused to refetch it.
>
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