Category Archives: Introduction

Intro, Part 15: About URLQuiz

As a way to gather a broad spectrum of opinion and engage the community on many different URL-related topics, we’ll be offering a URLQuiz from time to time. Inspired by and patterned after Dan Cederholm‘s very well received SimpleQuiz series, … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 14: About our URL Structure

¬† For our web applications — our website, wiki, blog, and future forums — we chose to segment each by sub-domain; “wiki.”, “blog.”, and “forums.”, respectively. Rather than having subdirectories underneath the root of our www domain such as “/wiki/”, … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 13: The Web Apps We Use

Here’s a run down of the web application software we are using or planning to use for the Well Designed URLs Initiative: Blog At “blog.” is running WordPress using Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. We have direct experience with WordPress, … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 12: Major Topics from Different Angles

One of our plans is look at major topics from many different angles. Though this will allow us to revisit an issue numerous times, our main reason for covering topics in this manner is that making sure our coverage is … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 1a: The Unsung URL

NOTE: To see why this is labeled “Part 1a” see [1]. Although many people view the URL to be a rather obscure little creature, the URL is the arguably the most important of the web’s three essential legs; the “First … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 11: Each Post will Identify Audience

Here at the Well Designed URLs Initiative we plan to address a wide audience and cover a plethora of URL-related topics. If it wasn’t obvious from yesterday’s post we plan to publish content for a variety of roles so we … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 10: Expect URL Design Advocacy

We’ve already said that we plan to question the status quo, but we want to make that point even stronger; we plan to advocate for positive change. At least one person has already suggested that our activities would be best … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 9: Questioning the Web’s Status Quo

Yesterday we said we plan to make recommendations. That may have concerned some, especially those who are involved in the standards process. But don’t worry, we won’t make them in a vacuum; we intend to engage everyone interested to participate … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 8: Expect to see Recommendations

One of our main goals is to publish an evolving list of URL Design and related recommendations that the world of web architects, website administrators and web developers will respect and embrace. Our recommendations will include advocacy for, but not … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 7: Conventions, not Constraining Requirements

There is a belief among the people who guide the web’s technical architecture, people I like to call the “Weborati“,¬†that as few constraints as possible should be placed on web publishers and web users. This is referred to as the … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 6: What makes us URL Design Experts?

So what makes us “the” expert on URL Design as we are not (yet?) associated with any standards body like the W3C or the IETF? Nothing really, other than we have a keen interest in the URL Design and its … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 5: Who is “we?”

To this point, I have mostly written in the collective as opposed to the personal; “we” instead of “I.” However, right now “we” is officially “me.” Several others have signing on to indicate they believe in our mission, and I’ve … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 4: More than just Mapping

Many people see URLs and think only of technical concerns. You can see this thinking in websites implemented using Vignette and in most websites implemented using Microsoft’s ASP.NET. This we feel this shortsightedness is a serious error in judgment. Alternately, … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 3: Focus on User-Centered URL Design

First and foremost, the focus of the Well Designed URL Initiative is User-Centered URL Design. Although URLs a.k.a. URIs are used in many places that typical users never see, our primary focus will be to advocate for the designing of … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 2: The Long Tentacles of URL Design

At first glance, you might think that the Disciple of URL Design is a relatively narrow subject. Au Contraire my good reader, the subject of URL Design is miles deep and oceans wide. URL Design permeates practically everything about software … Continue reading

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Intro, Part 1: Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to the first of a series of introduction posts for the Well Designed URLs Initiative blog. During the next month I plan to present why I launched the Well Designed URLs Initiative, provide background on URLs and … Continue reading

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Coming Soon…

If you are checking out this blog and dismayed that we’ve got no content online yet, please note we’ll currently doing a ton of research on good Url design so we won’t post uninformed opinons and then look like ignoramouses! … Continue reading

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