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From Patrick Michael Kane <mo...@enews.com>
Subject Re: Synonym for XBitHack
Date Sun, 24 Nov 1996 23:14:26 GMT
On Sun, 24 Nov 1996, Rob Hartill wrote:

> Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> 
> >On Sun, 24 Nov 1996, Andrew Ford wrote:
> >> How about adding a synonym for the XBitHack directive -- something
> >> like XBitIndicatesSSI or XBitIndicatesSHTML.  It is not obvious what
> >> XBitHack means and it has negative connotations -- I have had
> >> occaision to explain to clients that there was nothing sinister about
> >> the directive.
> >
> >I would like to see XBitHack (and other directives, like ScriptAlias)
> >deprecated, with explanations of how to accomplish its functionality in a
> >cleaner way.  For example, for the desired effect that "XBitHack On" would
> >have, I'd suggest .shtml as a filename extension and referring to files
> >internally minus filename extensions - that way you can rename a file from
> >foo.html to foo.shtml without breaking links.
> 
> By the time people get around to this way of thinking it's often too
> late (hundreds of URLs out there refering to .html that you can't fix).

None the less, something describing the 'right' way to do it should be
included with the XBitHack documentation.  That way, at least people
starting anew won't have to go down the same road.

Patrick Kane
The Electronic Newsstand
<modus@enews.com>


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