Re: Question: implementing a HTML

Walter Ian Kaye (
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 18:16:49 -0700

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Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 18:16:49 -0700
From: Walter Ian Kaye <>
Subject: RE: Question: implementing a HTML

At 3:12p -0500 10/21/96, Jason O'Brien wrote:
>Depends on the server -- the server can be set up to recognize any file
>as the main file -- safest bet is labeling it as "index.html" or
>"index.htm" -- this is pretty much standard --
> ----------
>From:  www-html-request[]
>Sent:  Monday, October 21, 1996 2:37 PM
>To:  www-html
>Subject:  Question: implementing a HTML
>     I'm using Netscape Navagator 2.1. I have coded some HTML files and
>     tested their appearence by entering "c:\html\test.html" in Netscape.
>     Question:
>     What should the filename be to allow automatic execution when the
>     internet address is entered...default.html?
>     i.e. When I enter, what is the filename
>     being executed ?

As Jason said, it depends on the server. For Microsoft's server, it is
"default.htm"; usually it is "index.html" though. BTW, your web browser
will probably not know for local files (my Netscape just shows a directory
listing when I give it a path to a local folder).

You also should make a point to NEVER use "c:\" notation in a URL, even for
local use. It's a very bad habit. URLs use *forward* slashes only. If you
go to File->Open... in Navigator and select the file, Navigator's location
textbox at the top of the window should show you a proper URL for your local
file. Get in the habit of "file:///c/html/test.html" or whatever it happens
to be on your PC. Do NOT use backslashes in a URL.

    Walter Ian Kaye <>     Programmer - Excel, AppleScript,
          Mountain View, CA                         ProTERM, FoxPro, HTML     Musician - Guitarist, Songwriter