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Posted on 2003-11-12
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An earlier discussion ( http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/WebDevSoftware/ColdFusion/Q_20791920.html ) has an answer as to how to subsitute
myurl.cfmparam1=pval1&param2=pval2so that
myurl.cfm/param1/pval2/param2/pval2
is the URL

I implemented the solution BUT there appears to be a problem when the browser is Mozilla or IE5.x - and possibly others. It works OK with IE6 and NS6

The calling page contains something like this
<a href="mb3/viewmessagesns.cfm/Forum/#Getposts.ForumID#/Topic/#Getposts.TopicID#/sortby/#checkmember.sortby#>linkname</a>
and the called page uses the following to decipher the URL

<cfscript>
   debug = 0;
   valid_extensions = "html,htm,cfm,asp,jsp";
   url_suffix = ".html";
   path_to_parse = replacenocase(cgi.path_info, cgi.script_name, "");
   if (listlen(path_to_parse, "/") gte 2) {
      var_name = "";
      for (x = 1; x lte listlen(path_to_parse, "/"); x = x + 1) {
      if (var_name eq "") {
         var_name = trim(listgetat(path_to_parse, x, "/"));
         if (not refind("^[A-Za-z][A-Za-z0-9_]*$", var_name)) {
            var_name = "";
            x = x + 1;
         }
      }
      else {
           value_to_set = listgetat(path_to_parse, x, "/");
           if (trim(valid_extensions) neq "" and x eq listlen(path_to_parse, "/")) {
               for (ext = 1; ext lte listlen(valid_extensions); ext = ext + 1) {
                     extension = "." & listgetat(valid_extensions, ext);
                     if (right(value_to_set, len(extension)) eq extension) {
                          value_to_set = left(value_to_set, len(value_to_set) - len(extension));
                          url_suffix = extension;
                          break;
                     }
            }
      }
  setvariable(var_name, value_to_set);
  if (isdefined("debug") and debug) {
     writeoutput("<!-- " & var_name & " = " & value_to_set & " -->" & chr(10));
  }
  var_name = "";
  }
 }
}
</cfscript>

Any help appreciated!






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by:cheekycj
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Instead of "/" - definitely not a good idea.. use the words AND and EQ

myurl.cfm?param1=pval1&param2=pval2

becomes

myurl.cfm?param1EQpval1ANDparam2EQpval2

CJ
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by:cheekycj
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Oops instead of AND use AMP

myurl.cfm?param1EQpval1AMPparam2EQpval2

CJ
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by:kjuliff
ID: 9732381
I don't think you understand. I want the search engine friendy url with the / instead of the ?

Why would what I have done NOT work in IE5?
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by:cheekycj
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My company just redid all their links to make them search engine friendly and we still use the ? but replaced the & with AMP and = with EQ

What makes you think that the ? will throw off search engines.

CJ
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by:cheekycj
ID: 9732500
Are you using IIS or Apache redirects?
http://www.devarticles.com/art/1/506
http://www.smalig.com/url_rewrite-en.htm

A good article I just read that explains this:
http://www.seoconsultants.com/articles/1000/url-rewriting.asp

Can you post your site url so I can test it?

CJ
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by:cheekycj
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Did you setup the CF Server to replace the "?" with "/"

CJ
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by:kjuliff
ID: 9732844
I think  that the ? throws off the SEs as I've read that it does. In the article you suggested (http://www.seoconsultants.com/articles/1000/url-rewriting.asp) - very good article - thank you! - it also states this.

I don't have a public site so can't give you the URl. Actually I can't reproduce the problem myself but am told by some visitors...
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anandkp earned 2000 total points
ID: 9737248
Hi,

u cld use sesConverter for ur kinda requirement !
http://www.fusium.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.buildmaster&bodyFuseaction=ses.intro

for having "/" in ur URL's ... just take a look at it & see if it meets ur requirement !

K'Rgds
Anand
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:)

Cheers
Anand
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