Category Archives: Internet Professionals

For everyone that is professionally involved in the Internet in one way or another

Proposing HTTP Request Forwarding

I’ve been monitoring the ietf-http-wg mailing list and have noticed there is renewed actively around revising RFC 2616, the HTTP/1.1 specification. This renewed activity got me thinking it was time to discuss the need for HTTP Request Forwarding. I’ll start … Continue reading

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URL Quote #2: Think about your website’s “public face.”

“…one should take an hour or so and really think about their website’s ‘public face.’” -Scott Hanselman on “A Website’s Public Face“

Posted in All Organizations, Best Practices, Champions, Everyone, Framework Developers, Hosting Providers, Open-Source Participants, SEO Consultants, Standards Participants, Teachers, URIs, URL Quotes, URL Rewriters, Web App Providers, Web Designers, Web Developers | Leave a comment

Sorry Mark; URL Design DOES matter!

I was planning to blog something else today, but Mark Nottingham of Yahoo made a statement about URL Design [1] in his post entitled REST Issues, Real and Imagined and I simply could not let his statement without comment. But first … Continue reading

Posted in All Organizations, Internet Professionals, REST, SoapBox, Teachers, URIs | 3 Comments

ASPnix Supports URL Rewriting

After a long thread over at the forums for the web host ASPnix who specializes in Community Server where customers were clamoring for URL rewriting capability, ASPnix finally announced that it will now offer ISAPI Rewrite to its customers on ASPnix’s … Continue reading

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PageRank

SEO: Illuminating the value of URL design If you’ve read many of our other posts here at The Well Designed URLs Initiative, you know that we are strong advocates for User-Centered URL Design as well as for URL Literacy. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in All Organizations, Basic, Framework Developers, Hosting Providers, Infrastructure Providers, Open-Source Participants, Overview, Search Engines, SEO, SEO Consultants, Teachers, URIs, Web App Providers, Web Developers | 8 Comments

URLQuiz #1: To .WWW or not to .WWW?

As promised, this is the first of what will be many URLQuizes here are the blog for The Well Designed URLs Initiative. This URLQuiz discusses the convention of using a subdomain with the name ‘www‘ to identify a website. As … Continue reading

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PayPal’s New API: So Close, Yet So Far

I got an email from the PayPal Developer Network today announcing PayPal’s new “NVP” (or “Name-Value Pair“) API. Clearly they’ve learned that the complexity of SOAP is counter productive to adoption. Here’s what the email had to say about their … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Framework Developers, Leading Companies, REST, SOAP, SoapBox, Web Developers, Website Owners | 2 Comments

Use rel=”spam” to Fight Comment Spam?

As I was going through my Akismet spam filter today reviewing the 87 comment spam I got during the prior ~24 hours to ensure I didn’t delete any legitimate comments, it occurred to me that maybe there is a simple … Continue reading

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URLs for Multilingual Web Sites

Another URLian has appeared: Brad Fults. Brad just added himself to our wiki and became a signatory; thanks Brad! Better yet, on his user page on our wiki he linked to his post Designing URLs for Multilingual Web Sites; execellent … Continue reading

Posted in Champions, Commentary, International, Internet Professionals, Website Owners | 1 Comment

Which is Worst: the URL for IE7 Add-ons, Firefox Extensions, or Greasemonkey?

I am working on a project that had me was writing about browser plug-ins and I needed to link to the main page for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Add-ons, for Firefox’s Extensions, and lastly for Greasemonkey for Firefox.  I actually looked up … Continue reading

Posted in Internet Professionals, Reader Input, URLs that Suck, Website Owners | 8 Comments

Bitten by the URI Opacity Axiom

  Jon Udel has a post today entitled Divergent citation-indexing paths. Funny that he wrote about this; it seems he and I are on such a parallel trajectory these days. For evidence, take a look at my post from last … Continue reading

Posted in Axioms, Commentary, Internet Professionals, SoapBox, URIs | 2 Comments

Best Practice: Always ID your Heading Tags

Here’s a simple best practice. Always ID your heading tags! For example, if you’ve got an <h2> element, be sure to make it <h2 id=”some-heading”>. IDing heading tags is especially important on long documents. Why? Because if you don’t, someone … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from Delicious Praise

I learned an interesting lesson about URLs and social software; change your article’s URL or publish it under multiple cases, even with 301 redirects, and you’ll end up with fragmented references. Back in August 2005 I published the article “Well … Continue reading

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Proposing URI Templates for WebForms 2.0

I recently had an off-list email conversation with Ian Hickson, the editor of the Web Application Hypertext Technology Working Group specifications (i.e. HTML5 and WebForms 2.0). I was proposing to him that the current WebForms 2.0 be draft specification be … Continue reading

Posted in Call to Action, Framework Developers, Open-Source Participants, Potential, SoapBox, Software Vendors, Standards Participants, URI Templates, Web App Providers, Web Developers, Web Forms | 8 Comments

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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About URI Templates

Probably one of the most interesting projects related to URL Design on which anyone is currently working is the URI Templates project spearheaded by Joe Gregorio of IBM. While not sexy and not something most end users will ever see, infrastructure … Continue reading

Posted in Internet Professionals, Proposals, REST, Sitemaps, SoapBox, Software Vendors, URI Templates, URL Rewriters, URL Virtualization | 2 Comments

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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