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How do I specify the href= from HTTP to HTTPS using relative paths instead of qualified paths?

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Our website uses relative paths to access various folders to display the html content:
<a href="../home/index.html>
<a href="../travel/index.html>

For obvious reasons, I want to keep the paths in the href tag relative since we tend to move around site to various servers.

We have one page that is an account maintenance page that we want to use with a secure session (HTTPS:)

I do not want to hardcode the path in the href tag (i.e. <a href="https://www.website.com/account/index.html">

I have tried finding reference material but everything points to using a hard-coded approach.

Can I use a relative href declaration to use HTTPS: instead of HTTP: for a single page??

Much obliged!
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That's a really good question. Unfortunately you can't... really. If you want to switch protocols you have to specify the full canonical URL. You'll run into the same problem if you try to link to a regular HTTP page from an HTTPS page. If you specify a relative URL, the HTTPS protocol will be assumed.

What you CAN do, though, is generate that full url using a server side language such as PHP, or by using server side includes.  See this person's forum post, which discusses a similar problem:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum92/6366.htm

Example using server side includes:
<a href=http//<!--echo var='{HTTP_HOST}' -->/sitemap.html>Site Map</a>

Example using php:
<a href=http//<?PHP echo $_SERVER["DOCUMENT_ROOT"] ?>/sitemap.html>Site Map</a>

I think the document_root parameter is the one you want for PHP, but there's lots of other server variables related to the current URL that you might be able to try out. See PHP's manual:
http://ca2.php.net/manual/en/reserved.variables.server.php

I don't have an example using ASP, but I know it's possible.

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by:EddieGomez
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Thanks for the quick response!  I had a feeling it that would be the case.  You gave me some good ideas to go with.  Thanks a bunch!
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