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What are permalinks?

VazVaz New
edited May 2007 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
I read a discussion here not long ago regarding this but I'm failing to understand what permalinks are. Are they permanent links in the sence that /index.php?cat=5 as apposed to (rewrite rule) /index.php?cat=fishandchips so no matter what you rename the thing to and it comes cat=doggy it can always be accessable if you do cat=5 is this sort of thing a permalink?

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    permalink, as the wikipedia suggests, is the "URL that points to a specific [...] entry." look at it this way, if you want to access some page and can type in a specific url, then it is a permalink to that particular page. for example, the permalink to the google stock is http://finance.google.com/finance?q=GOOG... and the permalink of this discussion is http://lussumo.com/community/discussion/6479/what-are-permalinks/... its that simple... however, it is not as simple as you might think, because not all pages on the web can be accessed through the URL!! for example, you cannot enter the URL into the address bar to see vanilla search with extended search options (unless Mark or someone else makes an extension, of course)... so you first have to go to the page, and then click the "Advanced" link.. although this is not a good example, but it demonstrates that not all url's are accessible through the url... most of the time, pages that are results of some interaction are unaccessible through a statis url.....

    hope that helped
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    It really is amazing, the confusion that comes from permalinks.
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    So permalinks are those which are static?
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    lechlech Chicagoland
    "PermaLinks" is short for "Permanent Links" it shouldn't be all too difficult to figure out, is it?
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    When we come up with an answer that people will accept it needs to be added to the FAQ.
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    Permalink (short for permanent link)
    -noun

    - a URL, which leads the user to a specificly defined page, with a certain static or dynamically generated content. If the content of the page is dynamically generated, the idea of the permalink is to contain the necessary information about what exactly content should appear on the page.

    Example
    http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=-22.922034,-43.190002&spn=0.139766,0.233459&t=h&z=12&om=1
    A permalink that shows Rio de Janeiro in Google Maps. Note that the URL contains the latitude and longitude, zoom level, and view mode (currently hybrid).
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