Re: Meta Refresh syntax

Walter Ian Kaye (
Tue, 15 Jul 1997 02:26:29 -0700

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Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 02:26:29 -0700
From: Walter Ian Kaye <>
Subject: Re: Meta Refresh syntax

At 1:57a -0700 07/15/97, E. Stephen Mack wrote:
 > I was surprised to note (in 4.0's global.html
 > specification) that the syntax for meta refresh has
 > changed:
 > <META name="refresh" content="3,">
 > This syntax is not understood by IE (I tested with Win95 3.02 and
 > 4.0 pp1) nor Navigator (Win95 3.01 and 4.01).

What does "ppl" mean? Oh, that's a one not an ell. Darn Courier face... :-)

 > The understood form by these browsers is:
 > <META http-equiv="refresh"
 >       content="3; URL=">

Actually, that space^ should not be there. (egad, more space talk!;)

 > Although RFC 2068 doesn't allow "refresh" as a valid
 > HTTP header, many existing pages and browsers use the
 > latter syntax and not the former.  Is it HTML 4.0's
 > intention to force a change in the way refresh is
 > specified?

My guess is that it's probably a typo, since header parameters in general
are delimited by semicolons.

  Walter Ian Kaye <boo_at_best*com>    Programmer - Excel, AppleScript,
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