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http-less" links

Sorry. I missed the memo.

     
6:44 pm on May 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Why am I getting links like these from vendors?

//cdn.example.com/

... sans http/https. Is this something from HTML 5? All the cool kids just doin' it cuz it works? I did search around and spent some time in the HTML 5 spec but didn't see any info relating to the new httpless URL style.
8:34 pm on May 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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These sites link to you, and allow the visitor to use the same protocol as the user was using on their site.
4:54 pm on May 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've just never seen it before in all my years, was there a change, a spec somewhere I missed, what's it's definition?
3:52 am on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Protocol-relative URLs have been around since RFC 1808 [ietf.org]. Kinda surprised you haven't seen them before.
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Thank you, just what I was looking for. I just recently began seeing a lot of requests in this format (add this link, include the JS with this code) and thought it was something new. Must have slipped past in html 2.0 . . . or maybe just one of those things I forgot. :-(
 

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