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Re: checklink: htmlhelp is forbidden

From: MichaelJennings <mikejenn@fiam.net>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 04:04:23 -0400
Message-ID: <001201c41ae4$a018c4e0$cb6ff4d0@MICHAEL>
To: <www-validator@w3.org>

>>>> http://www.htmlhelp.com/ What to do: The link is forbidden! 
>>>> This needs fixing. Usual suspects: a missing index.html or 
>>>> Overview.html, or a missing ACL. 
>>> 
>>> I don't know why htmlhelp.com blocks the link checker, but I 
>>> wouldn't be surprised if it was something to do with the way it 
>>> (the link checker) ignores the robots exclusion standard. 
>> 
>> Yes, that's why. I banned W3C-checklink after it overloaded our 
>> server, preventing legitimate users from accessing it. 
>> W3C-checklink had been spidering resources that were disallowed 
>> in robots.txt. 
> 
> A while ago I had email from Liam drawing my attention to the 
> fact that I'd introduced a similar bug into htmlhelp's own link 
> checker. I've since fixed that, and round tuits permitting, I'll 
> take a look at the same issue in checklink. 
> 
> It can be very easy to overlook bugs when you don't have someone 
> complaining about them at a convenient time. 

W3C-checklink said to me, "You are no good - better fix it."
David Dorward said to me, "You are wrong - w3c-checklink is right."
Why should people complain when they're bound to be called fools?


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