Posted 08 October 2003 - 09:21 AM
Different servers will default to different pages.
Apache defaults to index.html. Apache is the most common server, so that's the most usual.
Windows defaults to default.html, I think, so if you have a windows server, that's what it looks for.
Zope, a file management tool on my current server, defaults to index_html, so you can have whatever file extension you want on it. (index_html.asp, index_html.htm, index_html.php, etc.)
I find it dazzling and baffling and horribly confusing. But that's something to keep in mind in case something doesn't work like you think it should-- the default isn't necessarily always the same, and depends on what software your server is using.
For your purposes, it seems that index.htm works fine, so don't worry about this! But for anyone who cares, it's worth keeping in mind.