Based on this experience, we have developed additional guidelines for "short" URIs that we will be adopting across the whole of the University's web presence. The existing guidelines for short URIs were limited to:
- Should avoid ambiguity, e.g. sometimes there's a crossover between "Business School" and "For Business", so URIs containing "business" have to be carefully selected.
- They must not contain a year or other date reference, because they effectively go "out of date" and in the case of recurring events, require a new one to be set up each year.
New guidelines for URIsFuture practice will include:
- Short URIs must be all lowercase.
This is because they are case sensitive, and most users assume lowercase as it avoid additional key presses, especially on mobile devices.
- No underscores, dashes or other characters.
When saying the URI out loud, characters such as "dash" have to be pronounced, and many users confuse "dash" with "slash", or even "underscore". An exception may be made if the "running together" of words on the user's part leads to unintentional pronounciation ("Therapist Finder" being a classic example!)
- Multiple short URIs to one canonical URI will no longer be approved.
- They must not go directly to non-HTML content.
There must be an "intervening" web page first, in order to prevent "PDF shock".
- They must not lead off site, i.e. to somewhere not on staffs.ac.uk.
An exception may be made for linking to the University's official social media accounts.
List of URIs used in the gameNot all of the links from My New Uni are actually shortened URIs, but the complete list is as follows:
|http://www.staffs.ac.uk/helloamd||Faculty of Arts, Media and Design|
|http://www.staffs.ac.uk/hellofcet||Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology|
|http://www.staffs.ac.uk/hellohealth||Faculty of Health|
|http://www.staffs.ac.uk/hellosciences||Faculty of Sciences|
|http://www.staffs.ac.uk/sustainabletravel||Health, Safety and Environmental Unit|