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Simple & Elegant URL like Wikis
Typically in Wiki's if your are searching for say 'Perl' the URL that comes after search results is very simple and elegant -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perl and similarly for PHP it would be http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP

If this was to be implemented using GT product say DBMan flatfile or SQL the URL would be -


I would like to know if it is possible to have a simpler URL for results like


Can the above be achieved -

1. Writing some sort of front end like the Wiki one using PHP? Or is it possible to do it in PERL? Perl would be definitely preferable.

2. Can this be done using static Pages.

I would appreciate if someone can help in achieving this. Also I would like to know how does Wiki implement this.
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Re: [TIF] Simple & Elegant URL like Wikis In reply to

The easiest way to do this is with mod_rewrite for Apache. i.e. you could use:

RewriteRule /wiki/(.*) /cgi-bin/db/db.cgi?db=Topics&Title=$1 [L]

which would make:


go to:


internally (end user would never see the second URL).

Hope that helps,

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