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Chapter 17. Server-Side Techniques > URL Abbreviation with mod_rewrite

URL Abbreviation with mod_rewrite

URL abbreviation is one of the most effective techniques you can use to optimize your HTML. First seen on Yahoo!'s home page, URL abbreviation substitutes short redirect URLs (like r/ci) for longer ones (like Computers_and_Internet/) to save space. The Apache and IIS web servers, and Manila (http://www.userland.com) and Zope (http://www.zope.org) all support this technique. In Apache, the mod_rewrite module transparently handles URL expansion. For IIS, ISAPI filters handle URL rewrites. Here are some IIS rewriting filters:


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