Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The New York Times’ New URL Structure

The Hyperlink Grows Up: The Times Releases New Linking Features

Here’s how it works. In the story above, the base URL is:

If you wanted to link to a specific paragraph, you’d simply add a “#” and the number of the paragraph, e.g.:

You can even go a step deeper and skip to a particular sentence, e.g.:

And here’s where it really gets cool, though. If you want to highlight that section, you simply switch the p to an h. I generated the highlighted text below with the following link:

To simplify things, if you hit your shift key twice on a Times story, small icons appear next to every paragraph. Click on one of them and it’ll place the paragraph linked URL up in the address bar of your browser.

Full of Sound and Fury

“Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.” – Wallace Stanley Sayre

“This is a metaphor indicating that you need not argue about every little feature just because you know enough to do so. Some people have commented that the amount of noise generated by a change is inversely proportional to the complexity of the change.”

“That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.” — Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 25-28

“In an infinite universe, the one thing sentient life cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.” – Douglas Adams