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Humble Request: Please date your pages

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  • Axel Berger
    In the times of pure and simple HTML you could look at a page s metadata, e.g. with right click View Page Info and get (among other stuff) Modified: 4 July
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 11, 2012
      In the times of pure and simple HTML you could look at a page's
      metadata, e.g. with right click "View Page Info" and get (among other
      stuff) "Modified: 4 July 2008 14:40:03". Often very useful information
      IMHO. The function still exists, but nowadays what you get usually is
      the very minute you called that page up - useless.

      That need not be so. There are several reasons for the "modified" entry
      no longer to work:

      1) PHP
      Add the following at the very top, before the <!Doctype:

      $mtime = filemtime($_SERVER['SCRIPT_FILENAME']);
      $last_modified = gmdate('D, d M Y H:i:s', $mtime) . ' GMT';
      header("Last-Modified: $last_modified");

      2) SSI
      Add this to your .htaccess:

      SSILastModified on

      3) CMSs and blogging software:
      Not easy. You have to rely on what your system offers, if anything. But
      at least good templates contain a "posted" date somewhere in the layout,
      giving some indication of age.

      If you use fancy layouts with footers or similar, it is also a good idea
      to include the file date in there.

      4) When adding the footer through SSI the code may be:

      <!--#config timefmt="%Y-%m-%d" -->
      Last modified: <!--#echo var="LAST_MODIFIED" -->

      Note that this will display the date of the main file, not that of the
      generic footer, which is exactly what you want here.

      All those fancy new designer additions tend to make us lose what was
      best and most powerful about the web. Let us fight back and retain
      what's ours by right.


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