Re: Meta Refresh syntax

E. Stephen Mack (estephen@emf.net)
Tue, 15 Jul 1997 02:55:40 -0700


Message-Id: <3.0.3.32.19970715025540.00ff3ec0@emf.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 02:55:40 -0700
To: www-html@w3.org
From: "E. Stephen Mack" <estephen@emf.net>
Subject: Re: Meta Refresh syntax
In-Reply-To: <v03102817aff0f119105f@[205.149.180.135]>

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

Sorry!  I agree, that drives me nuts.  But you can always use
a different proportional font.  I'm still trying to find a
good way of saying "platform preview one."


> >       content="3; URL=http://www.acme.com/intro.html">
>Actually, that space^ should not be there. (egad, more space talk!;)

Really?  It works fine in my test pages (for IE 3 and 4 as well
as Nav 3 and 4), and this is the syntax listed at wwww.htmlhelp.com
and http://www.eskimo.com/~bloo/html/tagpages/m/meta.htm -- is
there an "official" Netscape or IE page extenion page that
prohibits the space that you know of?  (I know that specific
extension documentation is sorely lacking.)


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

I'm not too sure.  They also took out the "URL=" part, and changed
it from HTTP-EQUIV="REFRESH" to NAME="REFRESH".

This was also the same way that the old WD-link draft had specified
meta refresh (and that draft was around long enough for typos
to be caught).

Giving how horrible the "URL=" part of existing meta refresh is,
they are probably changing the syntax intentionally.

There are other header parameters that have comma-delimited lists
in the CONTENT attribute's value (e.g., keywords), so there's a
precedent for the comma instead of the semi-colon.

-- 
E. Stephen Mack <estephen@emf.net>    http://www.emf.net/~estephen/