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From: John Ruskin <JohnRuskin@ComplianceOfficer.Com>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 11:32:31 -0600
Message-ID: <382AFDAF.8A27F551@ComplianceOfficer.Com>
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
From the 4.0 reference.....

[ Section 7.4.4 ]
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Some user agents support the use of META to refresh the current page
after a specified number of seconds, with
the option of replacing it by a different URI.

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

The content is a number specifying the delay in seconds, followed by the
URI to load when the time is up. This
mechanism is generally used to show users a fleeting introductory page.
However, since some user agents do
not support this mechanism, authors should include content on the
introductory page to allow users to navigate
away from it (so they don't remain "stranded" on the introductory page).

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i came to your site to get a quick syntax check on this.

it didn't work, and kept referring back to the [already loaded] same
page.

i discovered, elsewhere, that the correct [as in "it works"] syntax
would be:

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

note the "semi-colon" and the "URL="

i assume that this is an errata w/i the documentation, and not a browser
war issue.

i am aware that the 4.01 spec documentation explicitly does not
recommend this refresh, instead suggesting server side redirects.

note: most of the world does not have server side ability.  perhaps,
this recommendation should be tempered, with the inclusion of the
correct [as in "it works"] syntax.

thanks...

wonderful project and site....

---john ruskin
---johnruskin@www.complianceofficer.com
Received on Thursday, 11 November 1999 12:30:33 GMT

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