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Bug 3418 - Smart URL's with intelligent redirects
Smart URL's with intelligent redirects
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 974
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2005-09-10 17:40 UTC by Muthu
Modified: 2010-05-15 15:33 UTC (History)
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Description Muthu 2005-09-10 17:40:01 UTC
Dear Developer.
MediaWiki is one program I adore, for its help in its use,
and strength it has brought to the free-software community.
I have a RFE which I hope you will accept.

I tried looking for Simpsons_rule in Wikipedia, and the actual
entry was this:'s_rule .
I had to use 'Google' for this, results.

What I would like is to have some functionality like in 'Google':
you search for 'Brootney Speaoors' and 'Google' kind of 

did you mean ['Britney Spears']. ?

Why cant we do it in MediaWiki? You could try, some type
of Levenshtein, string matching algorithm for approximate string
matching algorithm.

I find this library on freshmeat: libbitap which calls itself,
a 'approximate regexp library'.

I guess this new auto-redirect feature to the most appropriate
string will make it easier for folks to use, Wikipedia and
other BIG community projects that use, MediaWiki.

Motivations to include approximate string matching:
+ Not everyone can type 50WPM, and correctly.
+ Not everyong is 21, Male, young and without Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
+ Time is Money. Noteveryone is going to suffer Google searches for Wikipedia
  missing articles.
+ You can make a real difference to user experience.

Please consider doing this stuff for the best of us.
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2005-09-11 02:44:14 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 974 ***

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