Help me deconstruct this URL

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by MacBH928, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    Hello, I have an old URL I would really appreciate if you can tell me what they mean:


    I am guessing that "hw214416" is the webpage (but there is no .html ?) but what I want to know is what is it that goes after "ylt=" . I tried the wayback machine with the string "" without the ";_ylt=" and it worked. Can you help?

    2) I believe that this has been canceled in HTML5 and replaced by "id=" but I really appreciate it if you told me, to create an anchor you create the tag :
    <a name="xxx"> </a>
    , but how do you link to it? Supposedly I have a website called , do you write : " " ?

    If you are curious why I am doing this, I am trying to retrieve archived information reconstructing URLs.
  2. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    One thing you can do on a webserver is tell it to pass all requests for anything beginning with (say) "" to a script which, rather than trying to locate a .html file, interprets the rest of the URL itself and generates output accordingly (maybe pulling it from a database). Probably, here, "hw214416" refers to the "page" and the rest are proprietary parameters that customise the page somehow (maybe identifying the user).

    No: "" - leaving out the "somepage.html" if its the "index" page.

    ...and, yes, "<a name=" is depreciated in HTML5, you'd just add an ID attribute to any appropriate HTML element, but I expect the old way will be recognised for a long time to come.
  3. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    http = protocol to explain what to do with the rest of the url
    health = subdomain
    yahoo = primary domain
    .com = top level domain

    ency = server folder
    healthwise = server subfolder
    hw21446; = evil programmer not following any standards
    _ylt = function call
    AlbEsFLLLdvpqFLcCWvmwvMVzLQF = database call id
    #hw214416-sec = anchor tag, that is/was used for AJAX calls. Yahoo sortof started the whole AJAX thingy, which is why the url is probably not 'standard', it was made before there were standards

    I'm a little confused here; _ylt nor # has been replaced by 'id' in HTML5. You do not link to an id. An id is used for styling and javascript manipulations, both client and server side.

    If you have a website called you would call it using If the owner has properly listed their site with DNS then you could call it with, but it would not be necessary as www makes a call to the server that 'redirects' to

    name is used to identify form elements that should be passed to the server side language using GET or POST. GET appears in the URL and POST is sort of 'hidden' ( not seen in the URL ).

    I doubt the resources ( code ) is still there to retrieve the database information and the database could have changed as well. Even if you guess the new 'format' for the URL, you probably will just retrieve 'junk'.
  4. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    You have the wrong end of the stick. I think MacBH928 is asking a second, unrelated question here.

    in a URL like "" the "#wibble" part refers to a named anchor in the document, and will instruct the browser to scroll the document to show the part containing the anchor. Its used for "bookmarking" part of a page.

    Pre-HTML 5, a named anchor looked like:
    <a name="wibble"></a>
    Post-HTML 5, the "name" attribute on the <a> tag has been obsoleted, and you are supposed to use the id attribute instead. You can do:
    <a id="wibble"></a>
    ...if you want, or, since any element takes an ID and they are supposed to be unique within the document anyway, just add the ID to the appropriate element, which makes more sense if you are using the new HTML5 elements like <section> or <article> to structure your document.
  5. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Thank you for correcting my insanity.

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