URL Shortcuts

By Deane Barker on December 2, 2004

PHP: URL Howto: This is a little known but great feature of the PHP Web site.

If you write in a URL, like, first this URL is matched against the pages. If there is a page named links.php, then you’ll get that page immediately. This type of shortcut makes easy to type in a link in an IRC conversation or mailing list message. If the script finds no page with this name, it tries to find a manual page.

Basically, they integrate the search string with the URL. Since PHP is a short URL, it’s easier just to rip off the url and search term together than click a bookmark and enter the search term in the box.

Amazon’s a9 does this too. With just a short URL, it makes it really simple to get to and link to stuff, like this.