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The problem with Billy Beck’s URL...
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Billy Beck, for what he assures us are very good reasons, chose the URL "http://www.two––four.net" as his domain name. That makes his blog URL "http://www.two––four.net/weblog.php". Billy should be proud. As far as I know, his URL is the only one in the world that uses a double dash as part of the domain name.

The trouble that causes, for us here, at least, is that I intentionally programmed .Blog to transform the text "––" into "—", so that an M-Dash character is used for text. In common usage, double dashes stand for an M-Dash character. And, this also prevents the two dashes in a double-dash from appearing on two separate lines of text, due to unfortunate line breaks.

Unfortunately, Billy has used the double dash as part of his URL, which causes no end of trouble when linking to his weblog, since .Blog converts the charatcers to an "—".

Fortunately, tinyurl.com has a solution. From now on, any links to Billy's weblog main page—which you should be reading, by the way—should be written as "http://tinyurl.com/9f8mf".

In case you didn't know about it, TinyURl.Com is a fantasically useful online service that contracts inconvenient URLS, such as:

Show/Hide

Into much more convenient URLs, like "http://tinyurl.com/z7842". I recommend it highly.
 
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At this writing, this is the only blog software I know of in the world that does this.

I can be as "proud" as you are.

You didn’t have to post this tip. I appreciate it for those who didn’t know about TinyUrl.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php
TinyURL is great. Not so great: some versions of Web "Sense" interpret TinyURL links as porn sites.
 
Written By: Xrlq
URL: http://xrlq.com/
In common usage, double dashes stand for an M-Dash character.
Odd. In common usage, double dashes with no other markup stand for double dashes.

While we’re at it, any non-escaped character in a URL stands for the character itself. Your parser can’t tell if it’s handling a URL?
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
URL: http://
TinyURL is (generally) bad, from my point of view, because it’s utterly opaque.

"Gee, is this URL in this comment to goatse, or to a news article? To FreeRepublic or Democratic Undeground? I can’t tell, because it’s TinyURL linenoise."

(This objection doesn’t much apply to posts here, by the blog maintainers, of course, since I trust them to not give me malicious links...)

And, of course, if TinyURL’s server is down, no TinyURLs work.

Opaque and fragile don’t suit me. (Which is also part of the reason I don’t like YouTube. Heck, the opacity of IMDB and Amazon URLs annoys me, but at some point that just becomes a personal problem... Possibly at line one of this post!)
 
Written By: Sigivald
URL: http://
a technological dead end IMO. We will have superconducting batteries and good electrical cars before any Hydrogen is widespread.

Or, the way our country is going, maybe we can just hire illegal aliens to drive us around in rickshaws for less money.
 
Written By: kyle N
URL: http://impudent.blognation.us/blog

 
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