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From Yehuda Katz <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Why is relative linking bad?
Date Mon, 04 Nov 2013 23:21:39 GMT
It is 100% not appropriate for HTTPD's Bugzilla since it is not a bug or
documentation issue. Since I can't find the Bugzilla note you are referring
to, I can't say for sure, but I expect it was effectively a canned response
that the issue was not a bug and you should go to the list.

It is not clear how your original post on this list relates to Apache HTTPD
Server, which is the focus of this list.
This is not a forum to debate general HTML practices that have no relation
to the server software/configuration.

On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM, Milo Hyson <> wrote:

> I was instructed to bring this discussion to this list from bugzilla. If
> that instruction was incorrect, I apologize.
> *- Milo Hyson*
> Chief Scientist
> CyberLife Labs, Inc.
> On Nov 4, 2013, at 1:56 PM, Yehuda Katz <> wrote:
> This is not an Apache HTTPD issue.
> That said, the article you linked to is specifically about WordPress -
> defending their decision to make ALL links absolute links.
> I worked on a government project (using Wordpress) that required that all
> URLs be relative unless absolutely necessary and we had to add a plugin to
> undo all of that linking.
> - Y
> On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM, Milo Hyson <> wrote:
>> I've been using relative links in content for many years without any
>> trouble. It has been suggested this is a bad practice, but the reasons
>> given I haven't found terribly convincing. I may be wrong, but it seems as
>> though people are using relative linking as a scapegoat for generally bad
>> practices.
>> Take the following article for instance:
>> The way I see it, if broken links are being deployed then testing isn't
>> thorough enough. If a test environment is accessible to uninvolved parties
>> (e.g. spiders) then testing isn't controlled enough. If multiple paths
>> exist to the same content without good reason, then the architecture is
>> poor.
>> Looking around Google, this seems to be rather representative of the
>> arguments. Relative links are bad because when they're combined with other
>> issues that should never happen the results are undesirable. That's not
>> good enough for me. Does anybody have a better reason?
>> - Milo Hyson
>> Chief Scientist
>> CyberLife Labs, Inc.
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