[Web Comm] URL naming for migrated content

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Thu Dec 7 14:22:26 EST 2006

Dave Patton wrote:
> For example, using this page:
> https://www.osgeo.org/content/foundation/about.html
> I would suggest that, going forward, it would be ideal
> for all the following to resolve to the same page:
> osgeo.org/foundation
> www.osgeo.org/foundation
> osgeo.org/foundation/
> www.osgeo.org/foundation/
> http://osgeo.org/foundation/
> http://www.osgeo.org/foundation/
> (and https://.... if needed)
> http://www.osgeo.org/foundation/index.html
> Whether or not the scheme(http) is specified most
> browsers assume HTTP and supply it. I think the "www"
> is just a matter of how the domain is registered
> (except perhaps for issue with the security certificate)?
> The trailing slash(or not) can be handled by Apache.
> If "about.html" is currently used in a variety of places,
> then in addition to index.html it should be specified
> as an index document, so that this type of URI, which
> fails on the current site, will work:
> https://www.osgeo.org/content/foundation/


Was one of your points that the primary document in a given
directory should be called index.html so the document name
can be omitted?  I would tend to agree for static html pages
though it does not seem to have been the usual approach on the
existing site - I don't know why.

I'm not sure that the defaulting to index.html works the same
in Drupal though since things like directories apparently don't
really exist, they urls are just a notional sort of thing.

One thing that this raises I hadn't considered before is that we
need to ensure the https: urls continue to resolve on the new
system even if we don't normally put stuff through https.  I'm
not sure if there is any tricky aspects to this.

Best regards,
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