Stability of book URLs

Brian W. Fitzpatrick fitz at
Thu Apr 21 08:18:58 CDT 2005

On Apr 20, 2005, at 11:55 PM, C. Michael Pilato wrote:

>  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 
> newsletter."

It's from The Simpsons, quoted by Homer

>  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...).

Ooooh. I totally misread Max's #2.  I think that we may need to stick 
with the current id names (or as Max points out in a later mail, make 
them more conformant.


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