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Advanced permalinks

Page history last edited by Silona Bonewald 11 years, 3 months ago

Goals:

to make documents/websites citable on a paragraph level

to allow those links to degrade in granularity

to have datetime stamps since documents and sites change often (citation will not break!)

 

If you move it - create a redirect on the web server (URL) so we can find it elsewhere (like archive.org or govtrack.us) 

Needs to be readable by people and machines.  A URL an educated person can deconstruct.

 

an RSS feed that notifies of any changes to documentation.  So whenever a timestamp is used we know to update our seperate documentation.

 

Basic format for a website:

Basic format for a legal document:

This is well documented in the video.  We believe with properly formatted legal documents this is an easy parser to write. 

 

The permalink MUST be on an atomic level such as paragraph or clause so as to make it meaningful to the average citizen.  An atomic level means it can be issue related.

 

The permalink url should be degradeable meaning as we reduce the url it is still meaningful

 

http://domainname/document/datetimestamp points to the entire document.

http://domainname/document/datetimestamp/section points to the section

http://domainname/document/datetimestamp/section/chapter points to the Chapter

http://domainname/document/datetimestamp/section/chapter/paragraph point to the paragraph

 

If you move it - create a redirect on the web server (URL) so we can find it elsewhere (like archive.org or govtrack.us)

 

Needs to be readable by people and machines.  A URL an educated person can deconstruct.

 

 

Comments (2)

DV Henkel-Wallace said

at 11:22 am on Jun 9, 2009

I recommend that metadata REFERENCE format be extensible and orthogonal to canonical web syntax.

The syntax you suggest can be hard to parse unambiguously.

So for example for given document foo, the URI http://domainname/document refers to the latest or most current version. The URI http://domainname/document|d:<a date> refers to the document as of <a date>. One can imagine extending the syntax to support arbitrary searching, metadata browsing etc to permit apps to be build on top of it.

Benjamin Yee said

at 8:13 pm on Jun 30, 2009

Hi, I'm really excited about this idea - using ULRs as an indexing and archiving systems is a great idea. As a tech person for the NY Senate, though, I'm wondering if we can't get permalinks to segments of video. One of our new products is archived Senate session video and it'd be great if we could have permalinks to timestamps where particular senators are talking or issues are mentioned.

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