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error in the html 4.0 specification for meta

From: Jeremy Weinberger <jeremy@isp.nwu.edu>
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 14:38:59 -0600
Message-Id: <4.1.19990201143132.0099f330@odin.isp.nwu.edu>
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
There is an error in the documentation for the meta tag at
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/global.html#edef-META .
You provide an incorrect example of using the http-equiv=redirect attribute
to redirect to a new url. The example, <META http-equiv="refresh"
content="3,http://www.acme.com/intro.html"> , will not redirect, but simply
refreshes the same Location every 3 seconds. The correct syntax for
redirection is:
<META http-equiv="refresh" content="3;url=http://www.acme.com/intro.html">
The separator is not a comma, but a semicolon. Furthermore, one must
specify url= if the user agent is to load a new url. Please document this
behavior as part of the specification.

Jeremy Weinberger
2303 Sheridan Rd., #204
Evanston, IL 60201
Received on Monday, 1 February 1999 15:39:02 UTC

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