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Re: checklink: false positives for broken links

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 09:14:32 +0100
Cc: Star Ostgard <ostarella@gmail.com>, www-validator@w3.org
Message-Id: <FA398127-1C96-44FC-99C7-5D385C48AD79@dorward.me.uk>
To: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>

On 5 Sep 2012, at 06:28, Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi> wrote:
> So I'm puzzled. What is that Lynx and the Link Checker do the same way, and differently from common browsers, that causes this.

My best guess is that they have User-Agent headers that match patterns used by people who write Evil™ Scripts That Do Evil™ Things With Websites.

i.e. it is overly enthusiastic "security" on the server that sends back completely inappropriate status codes.

David Dorward
Received on Wednesday, 5 September 2012 08:39:27 UTC

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