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[nycphp-talk] Dynamically Add Links to Text

Chuck Reeves chuck.reeves at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 11:05:34 EDT 2009


Another little add on to these solutions would be to include some kind of
counter that will prevent the bot form linking more then X times.  This way
when the article loads, it will not be just one big stream of links.

Thank You
Chuck Reeves
Cell: 631-374-0772
Email: chuck.reeves at gmail.com


On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 10:51 AM, tedd <tedd at sperling.com> wrote:

> At 1:00 PM +0300 8/28/09, Petros Ziogas wrote:
>
>> I would just like to mention a point of failure in that automated
>> proccess. I had to deal with this in a previous project so it's quite fresh.
>>
>> What will happen if:
>>
>
> Problem 1
>
>  There are 3 articles. Article A is titled "History of America". Article B
>> is titled "Glorious History of America". In article C there is this text
>> "The book is talking about the glorious history of America". If you run an
>> automated proccess and the test for article A comes first then the text will
>> be  "The book is talking about the glorious <a href="/id1111/">history of
>> America</a>" and the next test will fail.
>>
>> If you run a test for article B first the text will become "The book is
>> talking about the <a href="/id2222/">glorious history of America</a>". Then
>> if you test for article A it might end up being "The book is talking about
>> the <a href="/id2222/">glorious <a href="/id1111/">history of
>> America</a></a>"
>>
>> The possibilities of such procedured practically ruining your content are
>> endless. If you want to dive into tag nesting and html validation you will
>> be opening another whole.
>>
>
> Problem 2
>
>  Also what will happen if an editor want to insert this "I loved the book
>> <a href="LINKTOAMAZON">George Washington and the Glorious history of
>> America</a>." and there are articles with titles using "George Washington",
>> "Glorious history", "History of America", "America"?
>>
>> I think you get my point...
>>
>
> Petros:
>
> Yes,  I see your point and the two problems you raise (good concerns).
>
> Problem 1
>
> My initial solution would solve the first problem *provided* that the
> titles were unique and not contained within another title, right? So why not
> start with the longest title and search/replace downwards?
>
> For example, "Glorious History of America" is searched, found, and made a
> link. Then "History of America" is searched -- however -- the search
> excludes links! The phrase "History of America" in "Glorious History of
> America" would never be considered because it's within a link.
>
> The process would continue until you run out of titles -- simple, right?
>
> Problem 2
>
> The second problem can be solved two ways:
>
> Way one -- by removing all organic links from the initial search. In other
> words, when the FULL TEXT search is started the search is done on articles
> absent of all organic links. You can easily add the organic links back-in
> after the search/replace is finished.
>
> Please note when the automated links are added, they also have an unique
> class attribute, such as class="autotag", which will allow them to be easily
> identified and removed for a rebuild.
>
> Way two -- you could solve the problem by excluding organic links from the
> search because they DO NOT have the unique class attribute identifier --
> thus no real reason to remove them at all for the search/replace routine
> (i.e., Way 1). I only presented "Way 1" to get you to think in terms of
> removing the organic links from the problem.
>
> Possible problem
>
> The only fly in the ointment here would be if an editor wants to manually
> link an article by trying to mimic the automated process. For example,
> he/she inserts a "<a href="/id1111/">History of America</a>" using the
> *index* of the article. Everything would still work unless that article is
> deleted. In such case the link would become dead.
>
> However, if the editor simply added the class identifier tag (i.e.,
> class="autotag") to the link, then the automated process would treat his
> entry like it's own and adjust accordingly.
>
> If the editors simply followed the rules, which aren't complicated, then
> editors could participate as they want in the process.
>
> The solution presented here doesn't require tag nesting or html validation.
> As such, I don't see any additional problems -- do you?
>
> Cheers,
>
> tedd
>
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