Re: Meta Refresh syntax

Walter Ian Kaye (walter@natural-innovations.com)
Tue, 15 Jul 1997 14:54:47 -0700


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Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 14:54:47 -0700
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
Subject: Re: Meta Refresh syntax

At 2:55a -0700 07/15/97, E. Stephen Mack wrote:
 > Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
 > > >       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?

Hmm, sorry, looks like I must've confused that with something else.

   <http://www.netscape.com/assist/net_sites/pushpull.html>

I do remember seeing *something* where there was not supposed to be
a space after the semicolon, so either Netscape changed it during
the past year or two, or it was an email header parameter...??


 > >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".

If it was deliberately changed to NAME, then it is probably meant to
exist side by side with the HTTP-EQUIV method, at least until browsers
are updated to recognize and act upon the new syntax.
But again, I'm just guessing...

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