using id's vs names in the url

Albert Ting altlst at
Wed Dec 8 19:45:11 UTC 2004

Is it consider bad form to use id's in the URL?  That is, instead of


we do 


I do see we use ids in html and I think the new graph package uses ids.

My reason for asking is that I'd like to see product names be unique only
within a classification.  One could always pass both the classification and
product names, but a number of the low level functions is based on just the
product name.

This is more of a curiosity as I don't have the time right now to enhance
it.  But it's something I've been thinking about.


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