in reply to Linking to FatBrain
in thread Difference between encoding and encryption?

How do I form a URL if I'm refering to a book from some place other than a PM node, and want to support PM?

—John

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Re: Re: Linking to FatBrain
by footpad (Abbot) on Sep 17, 2001 at 02:16 UTC

    Construct the URL as if it were provided by The Monastery. For example, suppose you wish to refer to Llama3 from another web site, define your A HREF as follows:

    Here's an excellent book for <a href="http://www1.fatbrain.com/asp/BookInfo/BookInfo.asp?theisbn=0596001320&from=MDZ411">Learning Perl.</a>

    The &from=MDZ411 parameter is what tells FatBrain that The Monastery is the referring associate.

    --f

    P.S. Random HTML trivia regarding your .sig: Netscape 4x doesn't understand the &mdash; entity; however it does support the character code version, e.g. &#8212;. If you're interested in the support found in older browsers for other entities, this seems to be a reasonably complete reference. It is a little out of date, though.

      > The &from=MDZ411 parameter is what tells FatBrain that The Monastery is the referring associate.

      Thanks. I did a isbn: link in the CB to generate the URL I needed. But knowing the rule makes it easier next time!

      Re netscape 4: The complete list of entities has been published for years. How hard can it be? Shouldn't that be a matter of updating a simple file? I seem to remember an old Netscape that didn't like “quotes” either, but I thought that was History.

      Hmm, why not have the Monistary convert entitiy names to numeric form?

      —John