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A-Z glossary of PageSeeder concepts

external url

Also known as simply a URL or external URI.

This object stores the location of a resource that exists outside PageSeeder. It is a first class citizen in the system and can be the target of normal, reverse cross-references. Because an external URL is a specialized PSML document, it can have metadata and labels. It is also searchable, like other documents. External URLs can be uploaded with metadata as part of the Universal Portable Format.

The display of reverse cross-references from external URLs is a good mechanism for tracking and managing links from documentation to external sites. For example, a document collection with multiple references to a section of legislation, might find that cross-references to an external URL are a more reliable expression of a relationship than searching the text for references.

While not syntactically the same as the semantic web, the external URL object helps PageSeeder to support some of the semantic web architectural objectives.

The URL and it’s metadata are only stored once per server. URLs are associated with groups when they are linked to from a document in that group.

A URL's title, description and metadata (if specified in the URL template) are automatically extracted from its source the first time it is created or linked to. Only an Administrator, or a  Contributor in a group that has the “Allow editing server wide properties of all URLs in this group” option ticked, can edit URLs and their metadata.

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