Monday, July 14, 2008

Absolute vs. Relative URLs and SEO

I've seen several places where people suggest that one should use absolute URLs ( to do internal linking instead of relative URLs (/page). Those people relate to a google article where it is quoted that
We also suggest you link to other pages of your site using absolute, rather than relative, links with the version of the domain you want to be indexed under. For instance, from your home page, rather than link to products.html, link to . And whenever possible, make sure that other sites are linking to you using the version of the domain name that you prefer

This seems to me a classic example of taking things out of context. If you read the entire article you can see that Ms. Fox is talking about a specific case where your site can be accessed by more then one domain name (e.g. and

There is nothing google ever wrote that i could find that say that absolute URLs are better if your site is only accessed by one domain name.

There is one exception i can think of: if your domain is "" for example and you do use absolute URLs, then the word "coolstuff" will appear in your pages alot. This might be something that may boost your ranking with regards the the word "coolstuff". But this is just a guess.

More reading: Google Canonicalization Problems? - Crawling, indexing, and ranking | Google Groups

Please note: this is my personal opinion. I've had at least two SEO experts that claim that absolute URLs will give better performance on google ranking. Since I'm strong-headed I will hold to my opinion until I'll be proven (with numbers) otherwise. Feel free to comment with supporting or conflicting opinions and data.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Save binary file in Tcl under V6

This issue pops up every couple of years. It's nothing new, but still worth documenting.

The Challenge: To save a posted file to a file system, not using SUBMIT_STATIC_FILE.

The Problem: Vignette V6 pre-process the form submitted data so that any <input type="file"> are encoded as an hex string. If you ERROR_TRACE the variable for the file, you will see a string that looks like 0x1D00ABADD1D9....

The Solution: binary format to the rescue. and with a bit of trimming, you get it all in a few lines:

proc save_files { } {
#FileData,FileExtention,Field1 are posted from the <form>

set filename [generate_filename]
set bin_filename "${filename}.[SHOW FileExtention]"
set xml_filename "${filename}.xml"

### This will save a binary file.
set file [open $bin_filename "w"]
fconfigure $file -translation binary
puts -nonewline $file [binary format H* [string range [SHOW FileData] 2 end-1]]
close $file

### This will save a utf-8 xml (text) file
set file [open $xml_filename "w"]
fconfigure $file -encoding "utf-8"
puts $file "<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8' ?>"
puts $file "<formdata>"
puts $file "<Field1>[HTML_ESCAPE [SHOW Field1]]</Field1>"
#...more fields...
$puts $file "<Attachment>$bin_filename</Attachment>"
puts $file "</formdata>"
close $file

* Remember to use H* and not h*.
* The example above also saves a text file in utf-8 with extra data from the form
* Make sure your form is enctype=multipart/form-data
* This will not work in Storyserver 4.2.