> I think "logical to the user not the owner" is spot in for the website
> navigation.

Definitely agree with that.

> But the actual directory structure, where you put your content, you need
> own that. And the #1 rule I aim for is that you don't want to change
> directory structure (whereas you quite likely will want to adapt your
> website navigation).


Agree that you need to own the directory structure.  The directory
structure for a site should make sense to the owner of the information. It
may make no sense at all to a user of the information.

Disagree that you dont want to change the directory structure.  If you own
it you should be able to change it.  More importantly, you should be able
to change it without it impacting on how the user of your information
finds said information.  IE. your directory structure is only a convenient
mechanism to represent an information architecture because web servers
work that way.

> Because the directories will be reflected in the URL

Part of the problem with the way URL's worked in web servers initially
(and in many cases still do) is that the web server was "lazy" and simply
mapped everything after the domain to some point in the file system.  This
is an implementation thing that does not need to be so.

That is becoming less and less the rule these days as organisations
realise that what a user sees via a URL does not have to match up with
where the resource is in their system.

Even a URL that LOOKS as though it is a directory struct may not even map
to the file system at all and may map to a database.

That was another point I was trying to make earlier when I was talking
about URN's.....

Just because a URL looks like it maps to directories doesn't mean it does.

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