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Re: 304 ( was Re: html/xhtml)
The server *only* returns a 304 if the bot makes a conditional request. If
the bot makes an unconditional request, the server must not reply with a
"give me the page only if 'some condition'" might result in a 304.
"give me the page" must never result in a 304.
In the latter case, no matter how often you change the page, the bot will
never get a 304.
In the former case, it depends.
No idea why Googlebot does what it does. I do know that plenty of RSS
clients are written stupid: i.e. they always to an unconditional request,
burning a lot of bandwidth, see:
John Experienced (web) developer: http://castleamber.com/
Firefox RSS: http://johnbokma.com/firefox/rss-and-live-bookmarks.html
XHTML is so extremely close to HTML that it's doubtful this is the case.
Your snippet, if you add HTML 4.01 strict doctype probably validates. If
you add an XHTML doctype ditto (guessed, but I am quite sure).
XHTML is a dumb idea, so don't use it, HTML 4.01 is sufficient.
Also note that omitting a doctype makes some browsers fall back to "old"
behavior. IIRC IE falls back to an old box model which is very different
from what W3C recommends.
John Freelance Perl programmer: http://castleamber.com/
Installing and configuring Apache on Windows XP (virtual hosting):
As John said - post the url. You may upload the page so thet it is on-line
but not linked to from any other, then post url here - just add space
before .com or do something like that so that the link is obvious for
humans, but not readable for bots. Than someone can be able to look at
It is midnight here and my plan is to go sleep early today, so don't count
me in ;)
On Sun, 9 Apr 2006 22:37:30 +0200, "Catherine Milton"
You should really be directing this to one of the CSS groups or
forums. i suspect, though, that you are about to be visited, here in
this very group, by the ubiquitous Els, who will explain what to do,
as she does with us all.
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