The Pain of Document Management
How much do broken links cost?
- Sites Keep Growing In 1996, a project manager I knew kept a 10,000-page site and its links in her head, managing changes throughout the site remarkably well. 10,000 pages is no longer unusual, but people who can manage 10,000 pages by hand are.
- Link Tracking One of the the most popular early tools for HTML management was the link checker, which would explore the site and find problems. Unfortunately, it could rarely suggest ways of fixing them.
- 404 As sites grow larger and material gathers dust or is discarded, broken links have become more and more common, even (perhaps especially) on sites that focus on links.
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