Summary: URL shortening services, such as TinyURL, are a problem. The
folks who have proposed rev=canonical have written some useful
software around it, but rev=canonical has some potentially
insurmountable issues.

I suggest the following posts if you find this at all interesting:

The post that drew attention to URL shorteners (by the creator of

A summary of the work on rev=canonical, with good links and also a new

An interesting post that makes the case for rev=canonical

An interesting post that makes the case against rev=canonical

"I (used to) like rev=canonical”

An interesting assessment of the issues involved

I'm not sure what happens now, but I hope the conversation results
quickly in as much software as is needed.


Brett Bonfield
Collingswood Public Library
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