[thelist] pros/ cons of using relative links

VanSchoick, Jonathan Jonathan.VanSchoick at ibx.com
Tue Jun 17 06:54:01 CDT 2003

Actually, I don't see anything wrong with /images/ instead of ../images. To me, /images is more portable since you can nest the original file deeper without breaking the link (e.g. /images/foo.gif would stay the same but ../images/foo.gif would need to become ../../images/foo.gif).

If you configure a virtual host to be a document root that mirrors the 'real' site, then the links shouldn't be a problem. It looks as if you're trying to host multiple projects under your main root instead of giving each project its own root.

Also, the '/images/foo.gif' is a fully qualified path, since it begins at a the root of a tree. '../images/foo.gif' is a relative path. How you organize and write paths like this is somewhat of a religious war, there are pluses and minuses to both and people seem to adhere to what they link the best. As long as they're not using absolute references (www.example.com/images/foo.gif), you should be okay.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Turner [mailto:david.turner at synergy.tv]
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 7:21 AM
Subject: [thelist] pros/ cons of using relative links

so i am about to insist that new projects all use relative links.

what is the concensus of the list about the merits of this? [i was going to
say the relative merits but... :-) ]

ps. all development is done using asp, javascript and MSSQL
pss. when i say relative links, i mean they should use ../images/david.gif
rather than /images/david.gif

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