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Keith VE7GDH keith at ve7gdh.ca
Sat Nov 19 13:50:19 UTC 2011

Bob WB4APR wrote...

> Anyone know the HTML to cause a directory listing?

Speak with your server administrator. There are settings in httpd.conf
(Directory - Options - Indexes) that allow or deny directory listings.
However, getting it enabled isn't a replacement for having proper
navigation on the site.

> I have a directory on my web page of all the original APRS docs. But
> I don't know the HTML to cause a list to be displayed. Anyone?
> For example, there are dozens of files of the form:
> http://aprs.org/APRS-docs/METEORS.TXT or

That file doesn't exist, hence the 404 error. The real file is...


> http://aprs.org/APRS-docs/SPACE.TXT etc

That one does exist.

> which outta just be able to be listed, without me having to make a list of URL's?


The above URL yields a 403 error. as they suggest, file and folder
ownership and permissions could be a factor too.

As I suggested above, just allowing directory browsing isn't a substitute
for having good navigation. If you really want people to find files, there
should be links to them, with logical directions from the home page to
sub-sections on the site and links directly to pages that you want people
to find.

While text files "work" (they can be viewed in a browser) they don't
allow use of navigation. In my opinion, they are "sloppy" for web use,
forcing the visitor to rely on the "back" button to get to the previous page,
and it is even sloppier hoping visitors will find a file even if directory
listings are allowed.

Consider getting a web designer involved even if just for half an hour.
There are many on this list as well as professional ones. You can have
all the information in the world on a site, but if no-one can find it...

73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"

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