[uf-discuss] URLs in hrefs

Michael Smethurst Michael.Smethurst at bbc.co.uk
Wed Apr 25 08:51:01 PDT 2007

Simple and elegant

For some reason I'd always thought base was something set in the http header
rather than the markup

The longer I spend with html the less I think I know

Anyway thanks for your help

On 23/4/07 13:22, "Brian Suda" <brian.suda at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 4/23/07, Michael Smethurst <Michael.Smethurst at bbc.co.uk> wrote:
>> But the question remains:
>> Microformats aside, if I'm making a new website from scratch (no legacy
>> code/markup) and I want to encourage others to hack, mashup, interwingle it
>> with other data is it best to use /radio4 or http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4
>> ?
> you can have the best of both worlds. In each <a href=""> just use
> "/radio4". This makes the link relative. But then you can also add a
> <base href="http://bbc.co.uk/"> when this is in your HTML it will make
> all the hrefs absolute (or it should for any decent parser).
> The advantage of using the <base> element is that you can easily
> switch it to something like <base href="http://my-dev-site.bcc.co.uk">
> and you don't have to rewrite all the hrefs within the HTML.
> -brian

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