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try www.whatever.ca/index.html instead, see if that works. It all depends on how your server "serves" documents. .ca might for some reason be listed as a doc type.
I tried that already, and it made no difference.
that's probably your browser's behavior, not flash'es.
test by pasting the url in your address bar. does your browser navigate to that site or try and open it?
it's not the browser, I tried it on several different machines in different browsers.
on Mac, firefox, it is trying to download for me. On safari, it says it can't find the server.
whether you tried it on different machines and different browsers is irrelevant.
if you added that url to a browser's address bar and it navigated to the website AND using getURL() failed to navigate to that website, then you would have evidence it's not a browser issue.
I don't see a problem with the url either from a browser or from a
getURL function in Flash 8.
If you see a difference when working in Flash than you do from a
browser, do you see the function working during authoring and not at
runtime from inside a browser, or does the function fail both in
authoring and at runtime?
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it turns out that the problem was with the website, someone had removed the index file. I have no idea why the server wanted to let me download something, but I replace the index file, and everything works fine now. You would think that you would just get a message saying that the page doesn't exist.