[thelist] custom 404 not used with .shtml addresses

martin burns martin at members.evolt.org
Fri Jun 30 04:15:59 CDT 2000

> Creating a custom 404 page, I found something odd when testing it...
> the bogus link: http://www.georgedillon.com/bullshit.htm redirects to
> my custom 404, but http://www.georgedillon.com/bullshit.shtml goes
> to a default internet explorer HTTP 404 message.
> Since every page on my site is now an .shtml, this rather defeats the
> point of a customised 404.
> Any explanations/suggestions?

Yep - Microsoft don't give a monkey's about standards.

IE gives you its own error page if the one delivered from the server is below a certain size (about 700 bytes of HTML I think).


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