Unobtrusive Permalinks

One of the problems with AJAX-style hash-based permalinks (as in use at WikiMapia) is that the browser's history becomes cluttered, and the user has to hit Back a large number of times to escape the page. By using location.replace, I've devised a way to keep the history pristine yet allow DOM-state permalinks.

Check out the demo. (Should be working now, thanks wioota.)

Responses: 3 so far

  1. wioota says:

    The demo is coming up a 404, currently. I am very interested to see it.

  2. Tim McCormack says:

    Ack! Sorry about that. I'll get it working tomorrow. I accidentally overwrote it with a demo of a more advanced version, which allows access to the hash as if it were a querystring.

  3. Tim McCormack says:

    Okay, original demo is back up, but you may want to play with the more advanced demo. In your FireBug console, try executing things like PermaHash.set('foo', 'bar'), PermaHash.unset('focus'), and PermaHash.objectFromHash(). It's still in development, but it's gonna be rockin' cool when it's done.