In <>,
Michael Gordon <> wrote:

> This is a real good explanation of the question about the different 
> formats for the URL.
> In either case SeaMonkey and other web browsers will look for the 
> default home page file which can have the following extensions: index 
> .htm, .html, .shtml.

The browser won't do that.  By default, servers are configured to look
for index.htm, index.html, &c., but if a server is configured not to
look for them, the browser won't do that on its own.

E.g., <> (or <>) should
give a 403 error even though <>
exists;  the browser shouldn't go looking for the index.htm file.

> In the case without the "/" and on an Apache web server if the 
> configuration file contains an instruction to not index the
> directory, if the index.html file is not found the server will return
> either a Forbidden error, or Page Not Found.

The server should give the 403 error whether or not there was a
trailing / in the request.

> In the case with the "/" the web browser will drill down the list of 
> directories until it finds an index file, if none is found return a
> Page Not Found error.

If indexing is turned off, how could the browser get the list of
subdirectories to drill though?  And if indexing is turned on, the
browser will just display the directory's index.

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