On Jan 26, 2011, at 3:24 PM, Erik Hetzner wrote:
> At Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:57:42 -0600,
> Pottinger, Hardy J. wrote:
>> Hi, this topic has come up for discussion with some of my
>> colleagues, and I was hoping to get a few other perspectives. For a
>> public interface to a repository and/or digital library, would you
>> make the handle/PURL an active hyperlink, or just provide the URL in
>> text form? And why?
>> My feeling is, making the URL an active hyperlink implies confidence
>> in the PURL/Handle, and provides the user with functionality they
>> expect of a hyperlink (right or option-click to copy, or bookmark).
> A permanent URL should be displayed in the address bar of the userís
> browser. Then, when users do what they are going to do anyway (select
> the link in the address bar & copy it), it will work.
...which is why I intensely dislike Handles and PURLs. Man-up (person-up? byte-up?) and make a long-term commitment to own the URLs you mint with your digital asset management system.
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