Re: PLink availability/feature requests

From: Henry van Eyken (
Date: Fri Apr 13 2001 - 04:03:02 PDT


Further to Eugene's comments on statement numbers and statement IDs, here you will
find Doug E's original comments on these as well as on labels. The document refers to

Maintaining link integrity is, of course, a devil of a problem. Until there is any
foolproof software, it would probably best for a webmaster to run the site through an
internal link checker once in a while, just to be sure.


Eugene Eric Kim wrote:

> On Thu, 12 Apr 2001, Henry van Eyken wrote:
> > You pointed out a serious problem with the way things stand right now. Revising
> > our HTML pages may mean attaching a different statement number to a given
> > paragraph while keeping the URL the same. Ref. the home page, statement no. 2G:
> > < >
> That's because of the bootstrapping approach BI originally took with
> displaying IDs. They chose to display the hierarchical IDs in the purple
> numbers for converted papers, rather than the statement IDs, which are
> permanent. This approach seemed best for those papers, because they were
> static documents, and because hierarchical addresses were more human
> friendly than statement IDs. However, as you've observed, it doesn't work
> well at all for evolving documents, because the hierarchical IDs will
> change.
> Purple shows both the hierarchical IDs and the statement IDs in order to
> avoid this problem. In fact, for constantly evolving documents, it
> probably makes more sense to show only the statement IDs, and not the
> hierarchical ones.
> -Eugene
> --
> +=== Eugene Eric Kim ===== ===== ===+
> | "Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they |
> +===== can have an excuse to drink alcohol." --Steve Martin ===========+

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