[ic] Manually returning a 404 = blank page

Daniel Davenport ddavenport at newagedigital.com
Sat May 21 01:47:29 EDT 2005

>>> emailgrant at gmail.com 05/18/05 12:30 PM >>>
> > The <html><body></body></html> is something IE and some other browsers
> > do when the page they get is empty.  I imagine it's cause their parsers
> > freak out when there's nothing to parse.
> Ah, I see.
> > I hope you have something besides the [tag] stuff in your missing.html
> > page. If you don't, that's part of the problem--404s should still have
> > content, and if you don't create it in missing.html, you'll end up with
> > a blank 404 page.  IE might do its "friendly HTTP errors" thing, but
> > anyone whose browser doesn't have its own built-in error pages will see
> > nothing but blankness.
> I definitely still have a full page in there.  If I don't use the
> [tag] it displays just fine.  Even more frustrating, I get a 200 even
> if I use the [tag] and see a blank page.

> > For reference, i tried the single-line header, and it seems to work fine.
> > Returns a 404 status code and all.  And the rest of the content, which i
> > left in the page, still shows up.

> I don't use a standard Foundation catalog, but that [tag] should
> return a 404 no matter what page it's on right?

Should.  I've used it on special_pages/missing.html as well as
pages/404test.html.  Worked fine in both places.

[tag header]
Status: 404 not found
Content-type: text/html; charset=us-ascii
<p>Just testing.</p>

That's the 404test.html page i made.  Wget returns a 404
when trying to get the page, and the text shows up in the

Open question: are there versions of IC that don't have
[tag header]?  (I've only used 5.2 and 5.3.  Both of them
have it.)


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