Stability of book URLs

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at
Wed Apr 20 23:55:29 CDT 2005

Max Bowsher wrote:

> Currently, URLs to parts of the book suffer from a stability problem.
> If we add or delete sections (or worse, chapters!), then many URLs 
> pointing to specific sections will be broken.
> To fix this, I propose the following:
> Step 1: Enable the parameter ""
> This will cause each file produced in the chunked HTML to take a name 
> based on the id attribute of the XML element which caused the chunk, 
> instead of the plain sequential system used currently.
> Step 2: Migrate the values of id attributes away from the primarily 
> numerical system in use now, instead using descriptive names.

To quote something I've been hearing around the Chicago office lately 
(but whose source I do not know):

    "I'm intrigued by your ideas, and would like to subscribe to your

I would like to get clearance from O'Reilly on this, first, though.  We 
used that scheme because it was described as The Way To Do It (nevermind 
it was always a pain in the buttocks...).
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