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Re: "Validate this page" and 302 redirects

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 01:02:53 +0300 (EEST)
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.58.0310210057480.12209@korppi.cs.tut.fi>

On Mon, 20 Oct 2003, Oliver White wrote:

> W3C has a useful tool which allows you to check that the links from your
> website are working, and alert you to any broken links:
> http://validator.w3.org/checklink

Agreed. A nice utility. It has nothing to do with validation, though.
(And beware that automated link checking is limited, out of necessity;
it effectively looks at HTTP headers only, not the actual document that
the link points to, so that if the destination of a link is replaced
by a page with completely different content, no automatic checker will
tell you about it. So the phrase "link checking" perhaps promises
a little too much.)

> However, if you use the reccommended method to add a "check this page" link to
> your site, by adding a link to (1), this page returns a "302: redirect code".
> http://validator.w3.org/check/referer

Well, why would you do such a thing? It sounds odd to ask your _readers_
to check your page for you, doesn't it?

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Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Monday, 20 October 2003 18:02:56 GMT

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