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Re: checklink: Usually the sign of a malformed URL that cannot be parsed by the server

From: Olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 19:18:08 +0900
Cc: <www-validator@w3.org>
To: "Martin RODOT" <martin.rodot@mrit.com>
Message-Id: <B80AA4FE-6FF4-11D7-B416-000393BAB03A@w3.org>

On Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003, at 18:12 Asia/Tokyo, Martin RODOT wrote:

> Hi,
> trying to check :  www.mrit.com/Essais/test.php
> I get an error : "Usually the sign of a malformed URL that cannot be 
> parsed by the server."
> There is a "require" and relative path

The relative path is ../../ for the "/Essais" base path, which means 
that there are more
relative path ".." segments than there are hierarchical levels in the
base URL's path.

For such a case the relevant RFC (1808) says that parsers should "be 
careful" (well, thanks, that's useful...).
Most parsers will just ignore extra occurences of "..", but that's not 
a standardized behaviour...

That said, should the link checker quietly do as all the current 
parsers do, or warn you that the URI is fishy.
I kind of think that *for a link checker* the latter is not such a bad 

What do others on the list think? Ville?

Received on Wednesday, 16 April 2003 06:18:10 UTC

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