December 04, 2007

go/go/go


go urls are great. Especially so if you're on campus as you can forget the warwick.ac.uk part, (and the http:// part which no one ever types of course), and just type go/whatever in to your web browser. E.g. go/its, go/maths, go/chemistry, go/blogs. go urls can also be appended to so the url for many pages can be shorted to some extent even if there is no go url specifically for that page. E.g. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/its/servicessupport/ can be shortened to http://go.warwick.ac.uk/its/servicessupport

A while back I had the thought that it would be nice to be able to quickly and easily find out if there is a go url for whatever page I happen to be looking at. The other day it occurred to me that it was probably possible to do this using Greasemonkey. The result is a script I call go.warwick.ac.uk? (here) that discretely adds the word 'go?' to the top right of any webpage with an url beginning www2.warwick.ac.uk. Clicking on 'go?' finds a shorter url for that page starting with go.warwick.ac.uk.


- One comment

  1. John Dale

    Clever! For what it’s worth, it’s quite likely that at some stage we’ll introduce a similar function into SiteBuilder itself, so that users who aren’t comfortable with Greasemonkey can get the same kind of result.

    05 Dec 2007, 14:17


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