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6 July 2005

Beautifying URIs

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It’s not because URI are opaque that they should be ugly. Call me a Web-purist, but I manage to have opinions on the esthetics of URIs.

The single most ugly part of a URI is usually the query component (i.e. the part after the question mark), where Web-based applications communicate a varying number of parameters of diverse importance. The most widespread ugliness is probably these sites where any single page is with a URI à la index.php?page=welcome.

Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux ( is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.