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What is ./ in HTML?

Posted on 2009-04-08
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Hi All,

Simple HTML question.

What does  ./  do in HTML

-i.e.


<a href="./index.html">index</a>
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by:gudii9
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it basically maps URLs to Filesystem locations ( references based on root, user directory etc)
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by:detox1978
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That's what i thought, but i'm using a PHP script and it returns file not found?


Any ideas why?
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by:detox1978
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Sorry i should have said, it stays with the folder instead of going to the root....

any ideas why?
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by:GarthSnyder
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In short, the "./" does nothing.

This is really a URL question, not an HTML question, and URLs follow UNIX path semantics. In that system "." is the name of the current directory and / is just the path separator. So "./index.html" is completely equivalent to "index.html".

If the file isn't found, make sure the current HTML BASE is really pointing at the parent URL of that index.html file.
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by:hankknight
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"./index.html" is equivalent to "index.html" however ./ is not useless and redundant.  Use ./ when you want to go to the index of the current directory.

For example, this could NOT be done any other way than with ./:
    <a href="./">Index</a>

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In easy language:

./ stands for the current folder the page you're looking at in your browser is also in.
../ is a folder above it.
../../ is the folder above that one..

for example, the script/page you're linking in, is in this folder:
folder1 / folder2 / folder3 / your_page.html
./ = folder1 / folder2 / folder3 /
../ = folder1 / folder2 /
../../ = folder1 /

it's tidy to use ./
but defenately not necessary ;)
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by:qwerty021600
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See if you want to refer to an image which is separate folder. For Example
You have this folder structure :
One folder which contain all the images and CSS.

So if in a class in CSS, you refer to any background image. you'll give the path ./ for the image as the CSS and image are in the same folder.
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by:detox1978
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thanks,
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