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It's sometimes not feasible/possible though. But it is unfortunate, and 
I agree you should always just do that where possible.

I wonder if Google's use of the <link rel=canonical> element has been 
catching on with any other tools? Will any browses, delicious 
extensions, etc., bookmark that, or offer the option to bookmark that, 
or anything, instead of the one in the address bar?

On 1/26/2011 4:58 PM, Robert Forkel wrote:
> +1 for eric and peter.
> A resource's URL has to be the one in the location bar. That's the one
> the delicious bookmarklet will grab, etc.
>
> On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 10:51 PM, Peter Murray<[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>> 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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