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From "Andrew Jaquith (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (JSPWIKI-578) Get rid of *.action URLs.
Date Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:16:54 GMT


Andrew Jaquith commented on JSPWIKI-578:

Sure -- give it a try!

Short term: put @UrlBindings into the ActionBeans (for simplicity's sake). Longer term, once
they are determined to work we can externalize the URL bindings into a properties file.

Re: keeping the default pages separate from the top-level JSPs. Have you *seen* the top-level
JSPs lately? They are all about 5 lines long. ;) There's just not much to 'em. Really, all
the top-level JSPs do these days is call the DefaultLayout template and substitute in the
page content via an include. That, and make sure the correct ActionBean is wired up. That's
why it makes sense to combine the top-level and default template JSPs together.

If you buy that logic, then there are two approaches.

1)  Incorporate the default template contents into the top-level JSPs (my suggestion).
2) Move the top-level JSP contents into the default templates (the reverse), and delete the
top-level JSPs entirely. The TemplateForwardResolution would "figure out" where to actually
forward to the user to, based on the presence (absence) of the correct template JSP.

The advantages of (1) are as described in my previous comment. Another advantage is that there
will always be a "fallback" binding to JSPs, even if a custom (short-URLish) scheme is used.
For example, if the URL binding to ViewActionBean was /view/${page}, that page would still
be addressable via /Wiki.jsp?page=${page}.

The advantage of (2) is that there would only ever be one way to address a page. For example,
if the URL binding to ViewActionBean was /Wiki.jsp, then /Wiki.jsp?page=${page} would be the
only way to retrieve a page. If the admin wanted to use /view/${page}, then THAT would be
the only way, and the "fallback" binding of /Wiki.jsp?page=${page} would 404.

> Get rid of *.action URLs.
> -------------------------
>                 Key: JSPWIKI-578
>                 URL:
>             Project: JSPWiki
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core & storage, Default template
>            Reporter: Janne Jalkanen
>             Fix For: 3.0
> We currently have two URLs for each ActionBean - both the Wiki.jsp and Wiki.action are
available. Now, since the URLs are different, it has some nasty side-effects:
> * Users don't know which URL to bookmark, or they end up bookmarking both pages
> * Browsers don't know which pages are equal, and therefore both caching and page highlights
work inconsistently
> * Bots will index both pages, therefore giving odd results
> Since one of the design maxims of 3.0 is that URLs should not change, we should figure
out a way to get rid of the Stripes-induced *.action URLs.

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