RE: URL aliases for WPD without /wiki

1) there is no .com in :P (btw, I’m used to typing stuff like “ query” now, so I wanted to mention this as a ready to use alternative)


2) “…it's a domain meant for providing shortlinks to WPD. It's perfect for sharing links in places with limited space (like the Doc Sprint Dashboard shown via a beamer or social media like Twitter), without resorting to external shortlink services. It's also used by the changes-announcing bot in #webplatform-bot.”




From: PhistucK [] 
Sent: Dienstag, 19. März 2013 19:05
To: David Kirstein
Cc: Lea Verou;
Subject: Re: URL aliases for WPD without /wiki


But we only type starting from the .com/ part. ;) Using this makes us delete the whole thing and type seven more characters! :(




On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 5:59 PM, David Kirstein <> wrote:

Hi Lea,


That’s exactly why I created the shortlink service some time ago! :)


In short it redirects to + some other cool stuff!


Some examples from the README:

 <> ->  <>

 <> ->  <>

 <> ->  <>

 <> -> Search for "gradient"


Also see my mail about the configuration on GitHub here:




Von: Lea Verou [] 
Gesendet: Dienstag, 19. März 2013 16:32
Betreff: URL aliases for WPD without /wiki


Hi all,


I’m not sure if I’m in the minority, but I often type WPD URLs by hand, so typing the /wiki part every time is tedious. I was wondering if we could set up redirects for the top level paths (e.g. /css, /html, /svg etc) which redirect to the URL with the /wiki part so that for example [1] becomes [2].


Doug likes the idea but is concerned about potential SEO implications. I think that if we do it with 301 redirects it will be fine for SEO, but I might be wrong (?).

Denis, is it possible? I think it could be done with a few rules in the .htaccess, perhaps without even having to explicitly list all the top level categories (i.e. test if the path starts with /wiki and if not, add it).

Everyone else, do you think it's a good idea?






[2]: ?


Lea Verou

W3C developer relations ✿ @leaverou







Received on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 18:25:27 UTC