Relative http: URLs (i.e. not including a domain name) are auto-corrected to domain names. For example (the "For Beginners" entry #1 from the referred page), <http:what-is-loglan.html> should resolve to <http://www.loglan.org/what-is-loglan.html>; instead, it resolves to <http://what-is-loglan.html/>. This is an invalid http URL according to RFC 2616, but I've seen it used many places. It is handled as the author desired by Netscape 4.76, which even prints the fully-qualified "corrected" URL in the status bar. Linux build 2001022405. I suspect this is a duplicate, but can't come up with Bugzilla search terms that will find it if so.
This is indeed a duplicate. As you point out, such URIs are invalid per the RFC. This is for a reason -- the 'autocorrection' that NS 4.x does would break certain completely valid URIs in non-hierarchical URI schemes. See bug 22251 for details of why we do not do this autocorrection. The short of it is: "The url syntax causing this bug was deemed a heinous abuse of the spec, and leads to numerous other inconsistencies, so we decided not to fix it. Perpetrators should adjust their pages." (btw, I found the duplicate with a regexp search on "http:[^/]" in the summary....) *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 22251 ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 18 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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