[thelist] Latest IE release has URL forwarding problems (302 document moved)

Jim Dabell jim-lists.evolt.org at jimdabell.com
Thu Oct 3 13:29:00 CDT 2002

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On Thursday 03 October 2002 4:52 pm, Seth Bienek wrote:
> Apparently, instead of forwarding the user to the new URL automatically,
> IE now displays a 302 message in it's place, thereby (undoubtedly)
> breaking many web applications that use the 302 header for redirection.

302 is deprecated in favour of 307, however it's still very widely used.
Depending on your usage, you may wish to switch to 307, however there are
two problems with this:

a) I have no idea what user-agent support is like for this, other than the
fact it works in mozilla and opera (latest versions).

b) When redirecting from a POST, opera (and other user-agents, possibly)
asks the user if they want to GET from or POST to the new location.
Needless to say, for many people, this renders 307 useless.

I'd also be interested in workarounds (javascript and meta tags are not
desirable imo).

I wouldn't use Bob's suggestion of changing to a 301, since this has
different semantics (and so could well break stuff).

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Jim Dabell

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