If it won't be simple, it simply won't be. [Hire me, source code] by Miki Tebeka, CEO, 353Solutions

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Registering URL clicks

Some sites (such as Google), gives you a "trampoline" URL so they can register what you have clicked on. I find it highly annoying since you can't tell where you are going just by hovering above the URL and you can't "copy link location" to a document.

The problem is that these people are just lazy:
       <a href="http://pythonwise.blogspot.com"
           onclick="jump(this, 1);">Pythonwise</a> knows.
   <script src="jquery.js"></script>
       function jump(url, value)
           $.post("jump.cgi", {
               url: url,
               value: value

           return true;

  • Using jQuery
  • "value" can be anything you want to identify this specific click. I'd use a UUID and some table for registering who is the user, what is the url, the time ...
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