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RE: URL Formats?

From: Neil Milliken <Neil.Milliken@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:20:42 +0000
To: Steve Lee <steve@opendirective.com>, "lisa.seeman" <lisa.seeman@zoho.com>
CC: Anthony Doran <t.doran@texthelp.com>, public-cognitive-a11y-tf <public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <82FAD8E5E76D2B4BBE37AC33C07823C84E6D8112@BGB01XUD1014.national.core.bbc.co.uk>
All the more important to have something simple when you consider the pernicious habit older people have of using pen and paper and writing URLs down or as I often see printing webpages or emails for later reference.
From: Steve Lee [steve@opendirective.com]
Sent: 28 January 2015 14:33
To: lisa.seeman
Cc: Anthony Doran; public-cognitive-a11y-tf
Subject: Re: URL Formats?

I quite agree, URLs are for humans, not search engines. i know many
people treat google as the address bar but it still matters.

Here' one of several articles ive seen on the issue


Steve Lee
OpenDirective http://opendirective.com

On 28 January 2015 at 13:45, lisa.seeman <lisa.seeman@zoho.com> wrote:
> Yup, good piotn
> Neilson also mentions in his report about senoirs that they often type in
> the url as the way to get to a site. Making the url easy to write is
> definitely a help
> All the best
> Lisa Seeman
> Athena ICT Accessibility Projects
> LinkedIn, Twitter
> ---- On Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:04:22 +0200 Anthony Doran<t.doran@texthelp.com>
> wrote ----
> Hi All,
> I've had a thought (which is a dangerous thing) - it may be outside
> our remit but - are there any guidelines with respect to the actual
> URL form? I know there are of course technical specs/standards for
> URLs/URIs but should there be some sort of guidance for accessibility?
> I've been looking at SEO guidelines as a part of my day to day and
> there are some great ideas in there - including keywords, not using
> nonsensical URLs with strings of numbers etc. On considering the
> difficulties for those with memory issues, letter transposition issues
> etc etc it would make sense that any URL should really be as
> "friendly" as possible. Reading a URL from a letter, or poster, or
> advert or whatever should really be as easy as possible.
> I'm not just talking about URLs with GUIDs or random numbers in there
> - just look at this, a site for older people to access legal services
> in Scotland:
> http://www.solicitorsforolderpeoplescotland.co.uk/
> This uses words that you can read, but look at the target audience and
> the length of that URL never mind the confusing spelling. It's awful.
> Perhaps I'm venting a little at something that's already covered
> somewhere else?
> Thanks, Tony
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