No More Broken Links?

from the who-needs-'em? dept

Some student interns at IBM have apparently come up with a system for discovering and fixing broken links. While systems that check links and alert you if they’ve changed have been around for a while (with varying degrees of usefulness), this one also tries to figure out where the existing page moved to or if it can find an equivalent page of information — and makes the change automatically (sometimes first asking for permission). What might be interesting is if they hooked this system up to the Web Archive. While it looks targeted at intranet usage, it would be great for the rest of the web as well. Imagine that as soon as a page goes down, the system either finds the same version elsewhere on that site, or shifts the link to the Web Archive version.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “No More Broken Links?”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
1 Comment

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...