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Collecting resources on making better URLs (URIs, URNs) in the sense of keeping them short and unchanging. There are several pages on the twiki.org that get into the subject -- at the time you read this, there may be more (and I may have missed some):

On the Codev web:

Also some pages on making better links within TWiki:

Also some pages on the Support web:

This resource is listed on one of those pages, but I found it very helpful as an overview of the pitfalls and potential solutions and wanted to list it here:

  • Cool URIs don't change; w3c -- this seems to be a portion of some larger document by the w3c that might be interesting / useful (possibly on other topics)


  • URL as UI; Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox; March 21, 1999 --

See AboutThesePages.



I recognize two general approaches -- one is using the rewrite engine, one is adjusting the Alias' (Alii??) and ScriptAlias' in the Apache httpd.conf file. Apparently the rewrite engine adds quite a bit of overhead -- see Support.SpeedingUpTWiki.

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Recommended for Specific Needs

  • (rhk) quickones.org -- "A quickone is a short link to a long URL. Anyone can create a quickone at quickones.org, no registration is necessary." — sounds like a handy way to occasionally create a short (throwaway?) URL (don't know how long they remain valid).

Recommended by Others

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  • () RandyKramer - 24 Dec 2002
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