Much has been made of the recent additions to Netscape Communicator 4.5. (For more information on this
see Scripting News. In part this is because of Netscape's control over this process. But it is
easy for the small company or others to change the way it works in your business.
In previous versions of Netscape Navigator or Communicator typing a word such as "scripting" in the "Location" field
would whisk one to www.scripting.com. No longer. Now it takes you to a site of Netscape's (we presume) choosing.i
It does this by using the following URL pattern. http://keyword.netscape.com/keyword/scripting. If a user types
something that is not in Netscape's database it takes you off to a Netscape, Excite search engine.
Whatever the URL what really happens is that all requests to http://keyword.netscape.com/keyword/* return a 302 Error which
is a web server's way of saying a document has "Moved Temporarily" and the new "correct" URL. Here's the output from the scripting URL:
$ telnet keyword.netscape.com 80
Connected to keyword.netscape.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
GET /keyword/scripting HTTP/1.0
HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 22:13:14 GMT