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Re: What happened to /check/referer ?

From: valid ator <www-validator@ardcotemplates.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 15:27:30 -0500
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To: W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>
Cc: Terje Bless <link@tss.no>
At 08:27 PM 6/2/01 +0200, Terje Bless wrote:
>On 02.06.01 at 13:57, valid ator <www-validator@ardcotemplates.com> wrote:
> >>>Just when I discovered the validator and added the check/referer link to
> >>>all my pages, then I run it through the link checker and get:
> >>>
> >>>http://validator.w3.org/check/referer redirected to
> >>>http://validator.w3.org/
> >>
> >>It works for me. Can you give the URL for a page that exhibits this
> >>problem?
> >>
> >>
> >>(the Validator has minimalist (I'm beeing polite ;D) error handling in
> >>that almost any error condition will make it redirect you to the home
> >>page. yes, this will be fixed eventually ;D)
> >
> >
> >I just was about to write it is working ok again, when I decided to try
> >one more time just to be sure, and it's not working again.  Must be an
> >intermittent problem.
>Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't understand what you were trying to do. The error
>message about the redirect was coming from the link checker? That's ok. The
>link checker isn't sending a "Referer" header, which the Validator
>interprets as an error and so redirects you to the home page, and the link
>checker is just telling you that it recieved a redirect in response to
>checking that link.
>The link isn't broken; it just doesn't really make sense in the context of
>the link checker (and we should probably fix the Validator to return
>something meaningfull instead of just redirecting). You can safely ignore
>this message.

Long-term report:  After many months I finally stumbled across the cause of 
the problem with our links to http://validator.w3.org/check/referer not 
working properly (i.e. re-directing to http://validator.w3.org/ without 
reporting results), apparently intermittently, but really only from one 
PC.  The firewall on one PC was set to block Referer's from being 
sent.  That problem is obvious enough problem when you finally see 
it.  After changing settings to allow Referer's to go to validator.w3.org , 
it now works just like it should.
Received on Saturday, 19 January 2002 15:17:32 UTC

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