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Re: 14 Broken links main PICS page

From: Ralph R. Swick <swick@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2005 09:26:45 -0400
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To: "Andrew Cates" <Andrew.Cates@sos-uk.org.uk>
Cc: <pics-interest@w3.org>, <site-comments@w3.org>

At 01:09 PM 7/8/2005 +0100, Andrew Cates wrote:
>What seems to be the main PICS page http://www.w3.org/PICS/ has some fourteen broken links in it to outside and within W3.

Thank you for the report, Andrew.

Linkrot is unfortunate but few organizations seem to understand
the long-term benefit of preserving URIs as does the W3C.

The PICS page is now primarily a record of the state of that
work as of five years ago.  Rather than drop the 404 links
from the historic record entirely, I have added "[broken link
as of July 2005]" annotations.  Motivated people could
perhaps use Web archives such as the Internet Archive [1]
to search for copies of these materials.

[1] http://www.archive.org/

The DTD system identifier URI error is noteworthy, as our
HTML validator tool did not flag that
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html401/loose.dtd was not the
proper URI.  I have reported that to our systems folk.

Received on Friday, 8 July 2005 13:27:22 UTC

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