I frequently direct others to information on my site by emailing (or posting) links to reference pages or even to specific glossary entries. The URIs can get a bit cumbersome, though, and that tends to discourage others who might want to "pay it forward." So I've fixed it by developing a way to abbreviate URIs in the reference section. For example, here's the "standard" URI for my profile of the Parker "51":http://www.richardsp.../51_profile.htm
My new design lets you get to the same place by entering this instead:http://www.richardsp...refp=51_profile
keyword tells the site that you're looking for a page in the ref_info section, and of course the .htm
part is always there, so why should you have to type it in every time?
It gets better in the glossary. Suppose you want to send someone to the entry on maki-e.
You used to have to type this URI:http://www.richardsp...ry/M.htm#maki_e
Now all you need to type is this:http://www.richardsp...m/?gloss=maki_e
So how do you find out what the label for any given glossary entry is? Simple. Find the entry and position your mouse pointer over the term's name. Hold still for a few seconds, and your browser should display a tool tip giving the entry's label. (If you've turned tool tips off, of course, you could wait a long time...)
To make it easier to get where you really want to go, every glossary entry (722 at this writing) has a label and a title, even if it's just a "see <something else>" entry.
I hope you'll find my reference information easier than ever to use. Enjoy!
Edited by Richard, 12 January 2008 - 05:09.