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Re: [Sigia-l] Alternatives to long string URLs for e-mail linking

From: Avi Rappoport (
Date: Wed Dec 11 2002 - 12:38:49 EST

I have some info on URL rewriting that was requested by Lou to help
people understand how to feed robots better. I think some of the
techniques could be used for shortening URLs as well:



At 10:58 AM +1100 12/11/02, Stephen Holmes wrote:
>One problem I'm having was recently mentioned in a TidBITS article
>about a product report where they complained about very long URL
>strings generated by CMS databases. It makes adding a URL link in an
>e-mail a problem.
>Long strings mean that the traditional 70 or 80 character e-mail
>width was not big enough to hold a URL, so only the first line would
>be converted to an active link by a user's e-mail client. I use N7,
>for instance which handles an e-mail according to the settings of
>the client that sent the message - some wrap, some don't.
>Often users didn't know that they could manually copy and paste a
>URL from an e-mail and so when they click on that first line link
>they get an error message or - if the webmaster is on the ball - a
>redirect to a help page.

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