[thelist] Re: Common Practice vs Standards

Michael Pemberton evolt at mpember.net.au
Mon Jan 24 22:23:38 CST 2005

Shawn K. Quinn wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-01-25 at 14:52 +1100, Michael Pemberton wrote:
>>This raises an interesting issue.  Should the shorthand become the norm?
>>I have found the IE starts to remove the trailing '/' on urls that are 
>>stored in the histroy ("http://www.sitename.com/" becomes 
>>"http://www.sitename.com").  This, along with other people following the 
>>same pattern, has resulted in more users making this a habit.
> In this instance, and only this instance, there's no difference between
> the two URLs. With any path component in the mix, however, they are
> different with and without the slash.

They differ, because the second one results in a redirection being 
automatically generated by the server.  This means a second hit to the 
server just to get the main page.

This is where the UseCanonicalName becomes important.

Michael Pemberton
evolt at mpember.net.au

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