HTML HTML Basics Going Further with HTML Root-relative Paths

Shay Paustovsky
Shay Paustovsky
962 Points

Root Relative Path - Question

Variant 1 : <a href="/index.html">Home</a>

Variant 2 : <a href="/">Home</a>

Will both of those variants have the same result, or one is preferred over the other?

Thank you in advance

I believe you'll need to use the <a href="/index.html"> option. This is essentially saying look in my home directory folder and then look for the index.html file. I personally would use <a href="index.html"> since your home page should be found in the home directory folder automatically.

The reference <a href="/">Home</a> indicates only a folder level and does not include a unique file identifier. I hope this helps.

1 Answer

Mathijs Moonen
Mathijs Moonen
2,855 Points

When no page is specified, most webservers default to index.html. Other defaults include index.htm default.htm(l) home.htm(l) Depending on your purpose, it may be practical to use either the root or the default file specifically. Both are technically correct. Kr, Mat

Shay Paustovsky
Shay Paustovsky
962 Points

Hey Mathijs Moonen,

Thanks for your answer, it has really helped me understand the subject since I've googled it but couldn't understand it at first but now everything just makes sense.

with much appreciation,

Shay