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What happened to plain old HTTP redirects?

Broken redirect from bredbandbolaget.seSo, I was looking for an offer on IP telephony and thus decided to point my browser to one of the larger ISP:s. I get a blank page back (blank as in “all white”). A couple of years ago, this wasn’t uncommon if you were brave enough to use a non-mainstream browser. But today it is 2007.

A brief look at the HTML source gives:

[source:html]

[/source]

…which safari doesn’t follow. Interestingly, search engines won’t be following that either. What happened to the plain old HTTP redirect header? There can’t be a single programming language for the web today that doesn’t support output of HTTP headers. Or are there still web developers that don’t know about HTTP? Apparently so.