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Re: [wpmac] [OT] Two articles on writing and word processing

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  • John R
    Thanks John. John R.
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 10 2:20 PM
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      Thanks John.

      John R.


      --- In wordperfectmac@yahoogroups.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
      >
      > John,
      >
      > 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
      > question.
      >
      > [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:
      >
      >
      > 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
      >
      > and well worth reading.
      >
      > Thanks again,
      > John K.
      >
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