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74 items tagged “urls”


WordPress 2.3: Canonical URLs. Fantastic to hear that WordPress 2.3 supports this, and that they picked the right terminology for it (I’ve called the same thing “disambiguated URLs” in the past).

# 27th September 2007, 2:03 pm / wordpress, disambiguatedurls, canonicalurls, urls, mark-jaquith

The biggest mistake I made in Leonardo was making "foo" and "foo/" mean the same thing.

James Tauber

# 29th August 2007, 8:52 pm / james-tauber, urls

Disambiguated URLs with Ruby on Rails. Using before_filter to remove trailing slashes and a few lines of lighttpd configuration to kill the www.

# 24th July 2007, 3:18 pm / nowww, disambiguated, urls, rubyonrails, rails, lighttpd

Lacking a Strunk and White Elements of Style for URI namespace, we've made a mess of it. It's long past time to grow up and recognize the serious importance of principled design in this infinitely large namespace.

Jon Udell

# 24th May 2007, 4:38 pm / jon-udell, strunkandwhite, urldesign, urls (via) Great URL.

# 20th May 2007, 10:12 pm / urls

Encyclopedia of Life. Ambitious, well funded project to create a professionally maintained Wikipedia for species. I really hope they get their URL design right.

# 13th May 2007, 10:46 am / urls, wikipedia, science, eol, encyclopediaoflife

People don't recognize how important URIs are. The notion that you have a huge, world-scale, information space, and that everything in it has an name and they're all just short strings that you can paint on the side of a bus; that's a new thing and a good thing.

Tim Bray

# 2nd May 2007, 8:23 pm / rest, tim-bray, uris, urls

Permalink Redirect WordPress Plugin (via) Neat WordPress plugin that forces a redirect to an item’s permalink if the URL has any extra crud in it.

# 2nd March 2007, 12:49 am / wordpress, plugin, disambiguated, urls

.php? .cgi? .who-cares? J-P Stacey argues that “URLs need to be hackable by the developer as well as by the user”. There’s certainly room for improvement in keeping complex URL structures maintainable from a server-side developer’s perspective.

# 9th February 2007, 1:01 am / urls

There's an unfortunate side-effect to altogether eliminating the sub-domain name from your site URLs [...] Every cookie you may want to set for that site will automatically "bleed" down to all sub-domain-based websites you might want to add later.

Már Örlygsson

# 6th February 2007, 12:01 am / cookies, urls

Adam Vandenberg on disambiguated URLs. He was fighting for cache-friendly URLs at Encarta Online way back in 1998.

# 4th February 2007, 5:18 pm / encarta, urls

www. is deprecated. I wouldn’t go as far to say avoid www—just as long as you pick one and redirect the other.

# 4th February 2007, 2 pm / urls

Why you should be using disambiguated URLs

Good URLs are important. The best URLs are readable, reliable and hackable.

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How many taps in a URL? Designing URLs for entry on a mobile phone.

# 12th December 2006, 12:28 pm / mobile, cameronmarlow, urls