The Ongoing URL Dispute.

James Pearce on URLs:

Documentistas would have it so. I can’t possibly build anything for the web without every piece of it being addressable like a document. Users must be able to deep-link into any docu state of my application. These URLs must return content to robots too – because where would we be without web crawlers? – and of course it all needs to degrade nicely for legacy browsers and screen readers. In fact, I may as well just fake the whole thing with server-side markup and progressive enhancement anyway. Many do.

I find it difficult to disagree. The app-ification of the web is going to barbecue many sacred cows.

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