Re: [wpmac] [OT] Two articles on writing and word processing
- Thanks John.
--- In email@example.com, John Kaufmann <kaufmann@...> wrote:
> In a message dated 2013-0704 14:46 -0500, John R wrote:
> > http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/06/25/andrew-coyne losing-longhand-breaks-link-to-the-past/
> > http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/06/29/revising-your writing-again-blame-modernists/WhoH6Ih2kat2RE9DZV3DjP/story.html
> Thanks for these two pieces (and related links), which I finally got a chance to
> read. They are among the best of your OT recommendations, a reminder that for
> you WP is not just another word processor, and this list is not just about
> making WP work better. This is about how we think and communicate our thoughts,
> and you are the best of friends to care about that.
> In small partial compensation, a note for those who may not yet have tried them,
> or tried and failed: Each of those links has a missing hyphen (a space where a
> hyphen should be), which causes a little difficulty in retrieving the page in
> [The National Post article was found anyway, because its server (nginx) has a
> really URL nice search function. Rather than return a 404 for an incomplete URL,
> it will search for pages from the specified date beginning with whatever stem
> you give it. If it finds that stem, it will return the full URL from the search,
> and use it to replace what was incomplete. In this case, you don't even need
> "andrew-coyne", or even "andrew"; even "a" will do, as will "an". (But "ao", for
> example, returns a 404, because there is no such title stem.) This is such a
> neat departure from most server practice that I looked for other nginx sites and
> tried the same trick; those that I tried behaved the same way, so it must be a
> standard nginx function. Nice. (I will be reviewing my attachment to Apache. But
> I digress.)
> [The Boston Globe's server, like most, is not so accommodating, so you have to
> get the URL right.]
> So the working URLs are:
> and well worth reading.
> Thanks again,
> John K.