URLs are for People, not Computers

We are all familiar with URLs: the string uniquely identifying the requested document. However, we don’t always consider they are more than that: URLs are user facing and should be considered important UI elements.

They should be clean, understandable, semantic, hierarchical and not excessively long.

And that’s why I have a (tiny) chapter dedicated on URL Design in the web courses I teach.

It’s also the reason why I claim API first instead of Mobile/Content First: thinking about an API forces you to structure & prioritize your data/content. When done right, structured data bears nice URLs — it’s a healthy side-effect.

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Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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