Amazon links and how to cut 'em

Subject: Amazon links and how to cut 'em
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 10:15:29 -0700 (PDT)

Most of you probably do not have the patience to test
URLs for what information is necessary to reach the
same page, but I often become fascinated by boring

This Amazon URL from a previous post

Can be truncated to

And you will reach the exact same page. How does it
work? The "Real-World-QuarkXPress" is there for search
engines, and the "ref=(long string of stuff)" is
session data to keep track of variables specific to
the user who found the link.

I'm not accusing anyone of doing this wrong, but I
wanted to share some knowledge I came across in my
ever-increasing quest for tedium.

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