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Re: Slash

From: Michael Adams <linux_mike@paradise.net.nz>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 16:37:47 +1200
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-id: <20080714163747.2c05a3de.linux_mike@paradise.net.nz>

On Mon, 14 Jul 2008 02:21:37 +0100
Rui del-Negro wrote:

> 
> >> > <soundguy@centrum.cz> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > http://validator.w3.org/check/referer works
> >> > http://validator.w3.org/check/referer/ doesnt work
> >> > id like to use the second way with slash as the last character of
> >> > url:-) it looks better
> 
> >> olivier Thereaux wrote:
> >>
> >> Aesthetical considerations aside, is there any practical benefit to
> >> the version with a slash at the end?
> >>
> 
> > Michael Adams <linux_mike@paradise.net.nz> wrote:
> >
> > Some programs (apache?) append it by default. Type
> > www.validator.w3.org
> > into a browser and the slash appears. Copy and paste then copies the
> > slash.
> 
> "www.validator.w3.org" is a server name. When you request something
> from  the server you request a resource. In other words, it makes
> perfect sense  for the browser to add the slash. If you type  
> "www.validator.w3.org/something", however, no slash will be added,
> because  "/something" is considered to be the resource you're
> requesting.
> 
> If the resource is a folder, the server might redirect you to  
> "/something/", to make it clear that it's listing the contents of a  
> folder. If the resource is not a folder, no slash will be added.
> 
> Since "http://validator.w3.org/check/referer" does not refer to a
> folder  (it's just a construct that tells the validator to check the
> page listed  in the HTTP referer field), the server won't add the
> slash, and in fact  the slash makes very little sense. Personally I
> find  "http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=referer" a lot more logical.
> 

Your position is probably accurate and i just found out if i validate
any server home page the slash is appended on the results page.
http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.nz&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=1

So i'm obviously out of my depth. I stand corrected and sit deflated.

-- 
Michael

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall
be well

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Received on Monday, 14 July 2008 04:35:52 GMT

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