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Re: META HTTP-EQUIV Refresh "issue"

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 12:16:51 -0400
Message-ID: <35338BF3.14CFDE39@w3.org>
To: ryan_fischer@juno.com
CC: www-html-editor@w3.org
ryan_fischer@juno.com wrote:
> 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
> "client-pull":
> <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!


Thank you for your comment. We already have this issue on a list
of issues to be resolved by the HTML Coordination Group. Unfortunately,
they're all off in Australia at WWW7, so I don't have a definitive
resolution to this issue. I'm quite certain, however, that the HTML
Working Group would not change the de facto syntax without considering
the implications. I hope to have an answer to this question soon.

Thanks again,

 - Ian

Ian Jacobs / 401 Second Ave. #19G / New York, NY 10010 USA
Tel/Fax: (212) 684-1814          Email: jacobs@w3.org
Received on Tuesday, 14 April 1998 12:20:49 UTC

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