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Re: Proposed patch for web site: update most links to HTTPS

On May 20, 2016, at 10:36 AM, Corinna Vinschen <> wrote:
> On Apr 24 17:18, Brian Clifton wrote:
>> This patch (see below) will update most of the urls to HTTPS.
> Since redirects http requests to https anyway, all links
> to (or, FWIW, will end up as https requests
> anyway.

Additionally, is using HSTS with a half-year expiration time, which means youâll only visit via HTTP *once*, ever, unless you stop visiting for over half a year.  Excepting that case, any HSTS-compliant web client will use HTTPS even if you type HTTP.

You can fix the remaining TOFU problem with the EFFâs âHTTPS Everywhereâ plugin for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera:

> wouldn't it make sense then to avoid absolute links
> to and rather convert them to relative links

Internal links within the docs should always use relative URLs, but external links should be absolute.

Why?  Install cygwin-doc, then say:

    $ info cygwin-ug-net

Now drill down to Cygwin Overview > A brief history of the Cygwin project.  The first link (to the ML) should be absolute, but the second (to using-utils.html) should be relative so info(1) can follow it.

(Actually, the problem with the second link is that itâs probably using the wrong DocBook link type, so itâs forced to consider it a web link, instead of realizing that it can resolve it as an internal cross-reference.)
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