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New file type for web-based linking redirects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236298D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to standardize the redirect system and function for web-based files, making easy, successful redirects of all target file types possible.

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New file type for web-based linking redirects

This contribution solves problems tied to redirecting website users to different link targets when the original link targets are no longer valid.

While there are methods for redirecting targets to Hypertext Markup Language (.html) files, other file types do not have the same, similar, or any solution at all. In addition, the methods for .html redirects can be standardized to be simpler and more efficient.

For .html files, known solutions to this problem involve presenting .html target files at the original locations, with those files

containing redirect code within the tags. This solution can be cumbersome, but it works as long as the person creating the redirect finds and uses code within the tags that handles the redirect efficiently. No standardized process exists for this.

There is not, however, a clear solution for redirecting targets when they involve Portable Document Format (.pdf), text (.txt). or other file types. Some practitioners claim success with "workarounds" that involve creating a sub-directory having the same name as the original .pdf file target, with that sub-directory then containing an index.html file with the redirect code within the tags. Attempts to use this within some information centers have not been successful.

Other web site administrators state that redirect code can be entered into a website's hypertext access (.htaccess) file; however, this file is not always available to the web site administrator. This creates a problem for redirecting links to .pdf and other file types.

The novel solution standardizes the redirect system and function for web-based files, making easy, successful redirects of all target file types possible. The method calls for the creation of a new file type suffix specifically for identifying a link target file as a r...