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Re: HTML Question

From: Martin Raknerud <martin.raknerud@klassekampen.no>
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 19:32:31 +0100
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To: "Cestone, Tom MR" <cestonet@hq.5sigcmd.army.mil>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
At 09:29 12.03.98 -0500, you wrote:
>I tried to open your FAQ but it came back with "Server not available"


>Need an explanation and the meanings of the coding options of the 
>"~" commonly called a "tilde" in the path of the second set of URLs
>listed above.
Having a ~ placed in the uri/url of your webpage doesnt have anything to say
for how the code should be, neither can you do anything inside your code to
either exlude or include a tilde.

For the code, the coder or the browser it is simply a part of the adress for
a document, just as the anything else.

>I have heard the "~" is more "dynamic" than a regular path and that is
>about it.  Could you explain it and tell me the pros and cons of the
>subject ?  Can it be coded by the HTML author or is this something that
>has to be done at the WEB Server administrator level ?  What HTML level
>incorporated this feature ?  What resources explain more about it ?

As said, tilde hasnt got anything to do with html, its just a part of the
adress. As far as i know tilde is a quite common thing for unix webservers,
atleast my one has, and significe its an adress pointing to the webdirectory
of a an useraccount. The diffrence betweeen ex
http://www.feskar.net/martinr/ and http://www.feskar.net/~martinr/ is that
the first is merely a subdirectory under http://www.feskar.net/ called
martinr and the other is a pointer to the user martinr 's webdirectory.

If your new to html, starting at ex NCSAs beginners guide at
http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/General/Internet/WWW/HTMLPrimer.html isnt such a
bad idea.

Martin ---------------------------
http://www.feskar.net/~martinr/  |
Received on Thursday, 12 March 1998 13:30:36 UTC

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