I was looking at relative linking (in regards to css and js) and was wondering about following: I have a page http://example.com/my-page and would like to load my external sheets, located at http://example.com/css/index.css, like so:

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

but this looks for the sheet at http://example.com/my-page/css/index.css Is there a way to use relative linking in this case or should I be using an absolute path?

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    Is "my-page" a file or a directory? If it's a directory (it sounds like it is) and the actual web page is something like "example.com/my-page/index.html", then you should be able to do a relative directory like "../css/index.css", assuming the permissions are right. If the actual web page is something like "example.com/my-page.html", then the relative links you listed should work. But, to me, every indication in your question is that my-page is a directory, so the links have to be adjusted to be relative to that directory. Of course, you can always use an absolute path.
    – Cliff B
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 11:28
  • your right, it's example.com/my-page/index.html
    – Vincent
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 11:33

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@CliffB nailed it in the comments. If your css directory is located in the parent directory of my-page, the correct way to use a relative path would be to prepend ../ before your path.

This could be repeated as necessary: if the HTML source file is located at example.com/foo/bar/baz/index.html and you want to link to example.com/css/styles.css, you could use a relative link like ../../../css/styles.css.

At a certain point, it may be more concise to use an absolute path, but then you'd lose some of the flexibility of relative paths.

Hope this helps!

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