UK government and domain redirection
Here's a quick quiz question: is there any earthly reason why many UK central government sites aren't redirecting their root domains to www. sub-domains?
I needed to check the HMRC website today for some information about VAT, so I typed hmrc.gov.uk into Firefox's address field, hit return and promptly got a server not found response.
A quick check shows that the same is true for dfes.gov.uk, dti.gov.uk, number-10.gov.uk, dft.gov.uk and many others.
But homeoffice.gov.uk, mod.uk (why it's not .gov.uk is another rant for another day) and doh.gov.uk (but not dh.gov.uk) get it right. While dwp.gov.uk and direct.gov.uk serve their sites from the root domain as well as the www. domain.
Standards? What are standards?