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Last updated Oct 17, 2003.

  • 404 Lab — Don't you hate it when you arrive at an invalid Web site and get the standard file not found error, also known as 404? You may have seen a more creative version of the error message, which can make the 404 less painful. For instance, enter www.amazon.com/hello, which is obviously not a real page. Instead of a standard error, you get a cute dog (sorry cat fans) with a message and a few links. At least, you're not stuck on a page with the error and no links. Some 404 error pages are hilarious or creative like this one from Pioner10. 404 Lab has links to unique 404 pages and offers advice on how to create your own 404 page.

  • HTTP 1.1 Specification

  • Internet Official Protocol Standards (STD 1) lists the current standardization state and status of the protocol.

  • MIME Type RFCs are the Request for Comments documents on MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Types:

  • RFC Index lists the "Requests for Comments (RFC) document series, which is a set of technical and organizational notes about the Internet (originally the ARPANET), beginning in 1969. Memos in the RFC series discuss many aspects of computer networking, including protocols, procedures, programs, and concepts—as well as meeting notes, opinions, and sometimes humor."

  • URI Overview from W3C defines the URI syntax used by the World Wide Web initiative to encode the names and addresses of objects on the Internet.

  • URI RFC 2396 is the Request for Comments document on Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) syntax.

  • URL RFC 1738 is the Request for Comments document on Uniform Resource Locators (URL) syntax.

  • URN RFC 2141 is the Request for Comments document on Uniform Resource Name (URN) syntax.