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Re: The use of shtml. extensions.
From kathleen fuqua williams at kathleen &ron on 18 June '98
adding to Re: The use of shtml. extensions. posted by Jim

>>I gather you use .shtml extensions because
>>.html extensions cause problems with SSI
>>calls from tracking scripts (and not just

>To be more precise, servers usually REQUIRE
>.shtml extensions for SSI calls.

>>There are two minor problems with that:

>>1. Most computers are only set up to
>>recognize .htm and .html as .html pages;
>>when the user goes to look at his files,
>>using his browser, he won't see an .shtml
>>file in the dialog box. It's at least a
>>bit of aggravation to keep selecting
>>"show all files," and some users don't
>>know how to do that - much less change the
>>file associations, or use a "Find" function.
>>Thus a certain number of saved files will
>>be "lost" on computers.

>True, but a user who knows how to save Web pages
>to their hard disk will usually also know how to
>view the non-standard extensions. Novices will
>simply bookmark the URL.

>>2. .shtml doesn't look all that good.

>>Any alternatives?

>Well, there's the problem: there is no alternative
>unless you can persuade your hosting service to
>allow SSI calls in .html documents, which they won't
>because it would put unnecessary strain on the system
>(it's rather complicated to explain in detail).
trying to view my pg

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