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URL date selector shortcut

MyComic.com-3 takes you to three days ago
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A somewhat common problem I have is that I will go to the website of a web comic, wait for the site (and all of its flash widgets, bells, whistles, etc) to load, and then have to navigate to 3 days ago and wait by the same amount.

I propose a universally adapted URL shortcut mechanism for sites that display daily content: affix the number of days you want to go back at the end of the URL.

So, for example, if I want the Dilbert cartoon for Monday,and today is Thursday, I would type:


in my browser

(The delimiter could be a question mark, etc.)

cowtamer, Aug 27 2009

Fast version http://www.dilbert.com/fast
People complained when the site changed; this loads slightly faster. [dbmag9, Aug 30 2009]


       [-] just as useful to type in www.dilbert.com!800x600 or dilbert.com!textonly or dilbert.com18+filter or dilbert.com!mute etc.   

       now if you want to generically pass a parameter string then I'll very happily bun it, but the http protocol is muddy enough without one-off switches.
FlyingToaster, Aug 27 2009

       I am not proposing an extension to the HTTP protocol or generic "winding back the clock."   

       What I am proposing is an easy-to-remember CGI argument that is honored by websites that already have links to their previous versions (such as dilbert.com, anything on comics.com, etc.)
cowtamer, Aug 27 2009

       //easy to remember cgi argument//
doesn't that require a .cgi file to execute in the first place ?
FlyingToaster, Aug 27 2009

       I think he means MyComic.com/-3
That will get executed by CGI if the server has request rewriting enabled correctly. As for the idea [-] ... for same reason as above comments.
ixnaum, Aug 28 2009

       Nice idea - I'd use it.   

       Although I'm not sure I'd always remember when the last time I checked it was.   

       For comics I don't check that often, I tend to save the last one I read as a favourite including the date/number, and then use that to continue reading (changing the favourite once I'm up-to-date).
dbmag9, Aug 30 2009


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