[Python-Dev] www.python.org/doc and docs.python.org hotfixed

Thomas Wouters thomas at python.org
Thu Oct 2 16:41:39 CEST 2008


On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 15:51, <skip at pobox.com> wrote:

>
>    Nick> The old doc directories are already kept around (all the way back
>    Nick> to 1.4 in fact: http://www.python.org/doc/1.4/)
>
>    Nick> As a quick fix for the old links, a rewrite rule to map such links
>    Nick> to the 2.5 docs seems like a very good idea to me. Since old URLs
>    Nick> all use abbreviations in the directory name (tut, lib, mac, ref,
>    Nick> ext, api, doc, inst, dist), it should be straightforward to
>    Nick> redirect them without affecting the links to the new docs
>    Nick> (tutorial, using, reference, howto, extending, c-api, install,
>    Nick> distutils, documenting).
>
> Yes, we should probably still get the top-level links redirected to the new
> docs though.  The 2.5 tutorial is probably going to get stale over time
> while the 2.6 version will be updated at least until 2.7 is released.
>

After discussing on #python-dev (briefly), I made the toplevel directories
refer to the new, 2.6 toplevel directories, but deeper URLs in the old
directories redirect to www.python.org/doc/2.5.2/. I still think this is the
wrong approach, especially in the long term: it means people who just follow
old documentation links will not see the new results, and search engines
will not realize the pages are effectively stale.

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