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Re: "current" URL/link for Octave docs

From: Kai Torben Ohlhus
Subject: Re: "current" URL/link for Octave docs
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2020 10:34:50 +0900
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On 7/8/20 4:55 PM, Andrew Janke wrote:
> On 7/7/20 10:14 PM, Kai Torben Ohlhus wrote:
>> This feature already exists.  The latest GNU Octave documentation has
>> always been available from
>>    https://octave.org/doc/interpreter
>> Now I am overhauling the website a little and added a more intuitive link
>>    https://octave.org/doc/latest
>> Thus "latest" and "interpreter" point to the latest version of the
>> documentation now. [...]
> Cool! Thanks for adding the "latest" URL.
> It looks like this is implemented as an HTTP redirect, not an alias.
> Would this work better as an alias? With a redirect, I think you get
> less googlejuice, and when users are viewing these pages in a browser
> and then copy the URL for sharing with other people or pasting in to
> Stack Overflow answers or whatever, they end up getting the
> version-specific URL, so the version-specific URLs are what end up
> getting propagated into the world of discussion on the web.
> Cheers,
> Andrew

I see.  So far I did not regard this as a problem, as certain URLs are
only valid for a certain Octave versions. For example, betacdf() moved
in version 4.4 from core Octave to the OF statistics package.

Thus posting the URL


qualifies for a permalink, while


is just another broken link on the web as soon as "4.2.0" is no longer

Is there a better way to fix this?


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