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[whatwg] drop the 'www' subdomain on whatwg.org

From: dolphinling <dolphinling@myrealbox.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2004 22:11:13 -0400
Message-ID: <40FB2DC1.6090306@myrealbox.com>
dolphinling wrote:

> Ian Hickson wrote:
> 
>> On Sun, 18 Jul 2004, Anne van Kesteren (fora) wrote:
>>
>>> Currently the WHATWG site is accessible in two ways, with or without the
>>> 'www' prefix. There are easy ways to solve this "problem":
>>>
>>>  <http://no-www.org/>
>>>
>>> Please do. Thanks,
>>
>>
>>
>> I disagree that it is a "problem".
>>
> 
> Not a problem, but not necessary either.
> 
>> The URI:
>>
>>    http://whatwg.org/
>>
>> ...looks silly compared to:
>>
>>    http://www.whatwg.org/
>>
>> ...IMHO.
>>
> 
> Personally, I like the first one. Obviously that's a matter of opinion, 
> but www. seems to be just extra stuff that doesn't need to be there 
> (this is especially true for any domains that start with w, I think). I 
> think it has to do with what you're used to.
> 
> Slashdot (to name a major example) doesn't use a subdomain. Most pages 
> (because of Apache default configuration) don't care.
> 
>> Anyway, the host name _is_ relevant:
>>
>>       www.whatwg.org -- content whose relevance is the WWW
>>    syntax.whatwg.org -- content whose relevance is the Syntax
>>
>> ...etc.
>>
> 
> This would be true if and only if www.whatwg.org were different from 
> whatwg.org . With them the same, you're saying the domain's main focus 
> is stuff related to the WWW (which it is) and therefore you don't need a 
> www subdomain.
> 
>> And in any case Dreamhost (who are currently hosting the whatwg.org
>> servers) don't support having www.example.org and example.org pointing at
>> different virtual domains.
>>
> 
> They don't need to, you just need to redirect www.whatwg.org/* to 
> whatwg.org/* .
> 
Received on Sunday, 18 July 2004 19:11:13 UTC

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