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From Yehuda Katz <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Why is relative linking bad?
Date Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:56:40 GMT
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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