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META HTTP-EQUIV Refresh "issue"

From: <ryan_fischer@juno.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 01:46:16 -0400
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Message-ID: <19980414.040321.3966.1.ryan_fischer@juno.com>

I've noticed a minor discrepancy in the section of the HTML 4.0
Recommendation on "The global structure of an HTML document" [1].  The
section I refer to is 7.4.4 "Meta Data" [2].  Eventually, it gives the
following example as the correct method for what has been known as

<META http-equiv="refresh" content="3,http://www.acme.com/intro.html">

But, this method does not work in even the newest versions of IE4.x and
NN4.x.  What does work is a method that I and several of my acquaintances
have come to rely on and understand as a standard:

<META HTTP-EQUIV=REFRESH CONTENT="3;URL=http://www.acme.com/intro.html">

Simply put, I cannot understand why the W3C would purposefully change
what has become a standard.  I'm thinking it was a simple error.  I hope
I was clear enough.  If there is a need for further clarification, feel
free to ask.  Thanks!

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/global.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/global.html#edef-META

-Ryan Fischer <ryan_fischer@juno.com> ICQ UIN - 595003
"I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king
 of infinite space were it not that I had bad dreams."
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