[thelist] query string manipulation

Aaron Johnson ajohnson at mindseye.com
Fri Sep 7 11:00:16 CDT 2001

hey Steve,

I'm sure someone here can answer it, but for good measure.. you might want
to try on the FuseBox discussion list over @ houseoffusion
(http://www.houseoffusion.com/hof/lists/Fusebox.cfm).  If you don't want to
get flooded with email, check out the archives @


Aaron Johnson, MCSE, MCP+I
Macromedia Certified ColdFusion Developer
ajohnson at mindseye.com

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Steven Gongage
> Sent: Friday, September 07, 2001 10:42 AM
> To: <
> Subject: [thelist] query string manipulation
> I'm building a site from the ground up in Coldfusion 5 on a 2k
> server running IIS 5.  I'm in the first stage of development
> right now where I'm testing ideas and playing with new toys
> before we get into the heavy stuff.  I came across an article
> about how to "hide" query strings by replacing all "&" and "="
> with "/", in other words making the entire URL look like a long path.
> Example:
> http://www.blah.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=querystringssuck&pageacti
> on=addrecord&var1=123
> http://www.blah.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/querystringssuck/pageacti
> on/addrecord/var1/123
> Why would I be interested in this?  For one, I'm developing based
> on the Fusebox model and using query strings to decide the page
> to show really pisses of search engines.  Second, they're ugly to
> the users (not that that is a real reason for the headache
> involved).  Third, it looks interesting.
> The problem comes when I use this new URL it tries to actualy go
> to that path.  The article I read on this explains how to get it
> to work on Apache by saying anything that has index.cfm should be
> read by index.cfm and therefore ignores the rest of the path,
> which is then translated by index.cfm.  But in IIS I don't see
> any way of keeping it from resolving the URL and going to the
> full path other than defining all those "directories" and
> redirecting them individualy.  I'm going to have WAY too many
> directories to keep that strait.
> Has anyone tried this on IIS 5?  Is it even possible?  If not,
> any alternatives?  Your feedback would be VERY helpful to me.
> Thanks,
> SteveG
> Webmaster
> Osceola County IT
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