I've always used Internet Explorer. When I hit a 404 page, I get the "Page cannot be displayed" page that I'm used to seeing. Is that page specific to IE? Do other browsers have their own version of the error page or do they all look alike?
On this computer I only have IE and Opera installed so I can't check NS, Mozilla, etc. But in Opera, it doesn't even show an error. It just displays a blank screen.
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So error pages are browser-specific? Each has its own page? Why does Opera not have one?
IE is still probably the largest used Internet Browser, and if not, it's still the largest used internet browser among "not so computer savvy" users. Therefore, it's important that if a site cannot be accessed in IE, it displays a detailed error so the newbie understands what happened. Opera and Mozilla are normally used by more experienced computer users.
Vito .. my Opera gives a "could not locate remote server" in a neat little box. Personally I think that is better than I.E.'s "The Page cannot be display" with a whole lot of useless info which is way to much info for the average person.
I do believe you can design your own for your webpage however I am unclear if it is browser specific and also unclear as to how it would display if your site is down
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In IE, you can turn off "The page cannot be displayed" messages for a 404 by unchecking the box labeled "Show friendly HTTP error messages" in Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced.
I believe IE showing its own error message vs. a site's 404 has to do with the header it receives. If it just receives a 404 header with no content attached, it displays its own error message. If it receives a 404 header with a redirect to another page or a page attached, it will display that page (which comes from your custom 404 pages on the server.)
Essentially, if you create your own 404 error page, it should show in all browsers (including IE.) If you don't create a 404 page, IE will show its own error message.
Edit: And according to Google searching that I just did, for IE to show your 404, your 404 page must be at least 512 bytes long.
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