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Re: checklink: Links reported as forbidden are reachable by "clicking", for me

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 21:09:06 +0000
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-Id: <5C36A5CA-6F70-4369-9692-E7F086220E49@dorward.me.uk>
To: JimKirsch <walter.kirsch@verizon.net>
They look forbidden to me:

david@laptop:~ # curl -I http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/
HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Set-Cookie: ARPT=KPUOZYS172.16.1.31CKKLM; path=/
Content-Length: 213
Content-Type: text/html
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:04:58 GMT

The HTTP RFC says:

> The metainformation contained in the HTTP headers in response to a HEAD request SHOULD be identical to the information sent in response to a GETrequest. 

This isn't the case. When a user agent makes a HEAD request it is given a Forbidden response, when it makes a GET request it is given an OK response.

David Dorward
Received on Friday, 9 March 2012 21:09:40 UTC

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