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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Deep Linking Durable Link to this BLOG
Really Really Deep Linking

EV (the chief Blogger)'s short note on Better Linking had me thinking on this feature, and I have a prototype of a really-deep-pointing feature for our ContentServer.

I call it as pointing instead of linking, because that's what it is. The user can specify a search term (la Google) that will be highlighted in the story. It is a very convinient way to point to the stories without paragraph level < a name tags. I personally find the paragraph level tagging distasteful (for look and feel) and cumbersome (for writers).

To see an overuse of anchors, look at Dave Winer's weblog. He anchors every sentence!

Of course, my prototype works only for the dynamically rendered content. Static Rendered websites will have to wait till a standard specification is defined, or a browser supports it via URL.

See Deep Pointing in Action

• Pointing to Pakistan on a story on RSS
• Highlight a magician's turban amidst 50 others
• Kamat's own Meeting God is coming

As you can tell, embeded within the URL is the search string to be searched and highlighted. I foresee that in the future, the search engines will be able to provide this search terms to the websites they refer to enhance the user experience. Alternately, if you have a lot of cycles, you can determine the search terms from the HTTP_REFERER to provide automatic highlighting today.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Monday, October 29, 2001
Last Modified: 1/23/2003
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