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404 Missing Page Won't Recognize Style Sheet

 1:26 pm on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

My site seems to work fine otherwise but I can't get my missing.htm 404 page to recognize the style sheet. It is in the same base directory as my index.htm page and calls the same stylesheet path. I have also tried the direct URL to the style sheet and nothing works.

If it matters, server is Server version: Apache/1.3.34



 3:00 pm on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

Try adding a base path in your missing.htm page before the stylesheet:

<base href="http://www.example.com/" />

You may need to adjust the path. Alternatively, try using the full path when adding your style.css link. You may also need to adust image urls too in your stylesheet.



 4:10 pm on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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 4:11 pm on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

It really depends on where the 404 comes from. For example, you have the following structure:


If your CSS in the 404 is like this,

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/mycss.css">

And you try calling a non-existent file in the cgi-bin,


The error actually comes from the cgi-bin directory, so at that point, it's looking for


(You can verify this by checking out your error logs.)

You don't need to do a base href (I find these create more havoc than they help . . . at least for me . . . ) if you simply reference all files relative to the domain root, everything will connect properly:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/mycss.css">

That leading forward slash means "start at the domain root" (mydomain.com/httpdocs.) So wherever you move this 404 page, it will connect with mydomain.com/httpdocs/css/mycss.css.

The same is true of all your selectors in the css,


and images in your documents

<img src="/images/myimage.gif">

Forming this habit allows you to move files anywhere on your system without having to modify paths. for this file,


You would have the same path,

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/mycss.css">

as this file.


Move it wherever you like, it will always find the CSS.

Oops, simul-post, JD has it!

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