Tuesday, 25 May 2004

Broken links to European Union documents

Readers of my blog and Web site may have encountered broken links to European Union documents lately. It’s not my fault, and I’m working to fix it. Please be patient; if you need a specific document, and can’t find it, e-mail me and I’ll see if I can track it down for you.

What’s happening is that the European Union is modifying its document retrieval systems to accommodate the additional languages of the 10 countries newly admitted to the EU effective 1 May 2004. In the process, most URL’s for specific EU documents have been, or will be, changed.

EU press release deep links, for example, have new URL’s effective 19 May 2004 . The old URL’s still work for now, but will be phased out after 6 months. Many other deep links are already broken.

I don’t envy the task of publishing official documents in 20 languages (up from the previous 11), but this is not the way to make the transition. As the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) says, Cool URIs don’t change. And that’s the truth.

Link | Posted by Edward on Tuesday, 25 May 2004, 17:08 ( 5:08 PM)
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