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RE: 2 HTML tags in one document

From: Rowland Shaw <Rowland.Shaw@seagatesoftware.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 02:08:52 -0800
Message-ID: <81E198609B9DD311BE0A00508B5E2984C98BB9@ipsent02.camelot.seagatesoftware.com>
To: "'Zdenek Kovanda'" <zkovanda@cssoftware.com>, www-html@w3.org
My feelings on this:

Firstly some browsers react violently to multiple <html></html> blocks --
Amaya, for one, will only render the first block.

Secondly, why are you doing this in this way? [This is veering on moving
some HTTP protocol issues out of the HTML]
IMHO, no CGI based application should send back <meta http-equiv=...> lines.
IMHO, "Refresh: 0; url=..." is evil as a http header (why not use "Location:
..."?)

Have you tried throwing it at: http://validator.w3.org/ ??


-----Original Message-----
From: Zdenek Kovanda [mailto:zkovanda@cssoftware.com]
Sent: 18 January 2001 03:55
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: 2 HTML tags in one document
Importance: High


Problem:

Browser asks server for a page. The page doesn't send anything to
server. The page simply does some database operations and then decides
to redirect to one of 2 pages (e.g. some next page or error page).
Redirection is done sending meta tag <meta http-equiv="Refresh"
content=0 URL=...> to browser.

Server knows that processing may spend long time. We tried this
solution:
Before database operation we send to browser simple html page dispaying
message "Please wait...". After database operation we send new simple
html document containing mentioned refreshing meta tag. As a result of
that action browser contains 1 document with 2 html blocks:

<html>
<head></head>
<body>Please wait...</body>
</html>

<html>
<head><meta http-equiv="Refresh"......></head>
<body><body>
</html>

I must say we tested it using all well known browsers: MS Internet
Explorer, Netscape, Mozila. We found it works well!

Questions:

1) Is it acceptable solution? Can we continue to use it? Will it work in
next browsers?

2) Is there any better and "more correct" solution?

Please, send answer on my e-mail address: zkovanda@cssoftware.com

Zdenek Kovanda
Project Manager
CS Software, Inc.
Prague, Czech Republic
Received on Thursday, 18 January 2001 05:09:35 GMT

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