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Re: Validate links?

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:59:01 +0900
Message-Id: <9257646B-4C42-4B44-BEEF-40201573E8D6@w3.org>
Cc: <www-validator@w3.org>
To: "Miller, Ryan" <ryan.miller@sap.com>

Dear Ryan.

On Oct 26, 2006, at 03:13 , Miller, Ryan wrote:
> I recently tried validating the http://www.cfmueller.com/ url.

Checking links, not validating. Validating is done by another tool  
talked about on this same list, so it's better to avoid confusion.

> 403 <> 	1	The link is forbidden! This needs fixing. Usual
> suspects: a missing index.html or Overview.html, or a missing ACL.	
> http://www.cfmueller.com/resume.html

Generally speaking, if the link checker says it has been barred  
access to a resource, you can safely trust that the resource was  
indeed forbidden to the link checker.

> If I click on the link, it resolves and shows in the browser.  I  
> checked
> with my hosting company and they do not have any special ACL settings.

This is not a problem with the link checker but with your server.  
Your server is refusing HEAD HTTP methods. This is the standard way  
which the link checker uses to check whether a resource exists.

HEAD http://www.cfmueller.com/resume.html
403 Forbidden
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 01:55:56 GMT
Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
Content-Length: 1052
Content-Type: text/html
Client-Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 01:55:55 GMT
Client-Response-Num: 1
MicrosoftOfficeWebServer: 5.0_Pub
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET

Please check the archives of this mailing-list, I'm sure the question  
of how to fix ASP.NET servers to accept HEAD requests has been  
addressed in the past.

Hope this helps.
olivier Thereaux - W3C - http://www.w3.org/People/olivier/
W3C Open Source Software: http://www.w3.org/Status
Received on Thursday, 26 October 2006 01:59:16 UTC

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