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    This website is amazing, And I’m very happy for you that it’s a success.
    Browsing and searching the website I’ve faced an annoying thing, I can’t just simply copy an URL of a page to get to it, i have to browse to it.
    It makes things more difficult in terms of sharing and searching.
    For example if I search something I get links to the pages but the links set POST data and not GET so I cannot simply get to it again by URL and cannot open them by right-clicking and open-new-tab.
    So if you could make that option available it would be awesome.

    I also have a question.
    If I search something and I get the ‘exact match’ page, and it shows a page with only the contents of my search, why is that? is the number of letters per page is dynamic? how does that work?

    #1759 Reply

    Jonathan Basile

    The rest of the page is filled with spaces when you do an exact search.

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the site! If you’d like a url for a page you can always click the bookmarkable link to create your own, or you can enter it in the form: libraryofbabel.info/book.cgi?hexname-w#-s#-v##:page – I had to use post requests for locations longer than 2000 characters because older browsers cut off get requests at that length.

    #29884 Reply


    Can you please explain this a little clearer?

    I am confused. I write poetry and poems so I would love to start providing links to my words.

    I am confused on what the hexname is… is that the title of the “book” or the long string of letters and numbers in the link that pulls up in the search results.

    Am I doing this right?


    #29887 Reply


    He means the latter. Usually it will be much longer than that, and the limitations of GET requests won’t allow you to simply paste it on here. When you do a search for a page, you have to click on the portion to the left above “Single Page”, the part that looks like a bunch of random numbers and letters. You will see that near the end is “…”, because that’s not where it ends. By clicking on that, it will take you to the Browse feature which shows the shelf that the book is on, and the full location is displayed in the box. You must either copy that, along with the wall/shelf/volume/page numbers and paste them here to share, or while you’re on the page, just click on the “Bookmarkable” link on the side. After you give it a name, it will refresh the page, and you can copy it from your address bar.

    #29926 Reply


    curious, where did your name come from?

    #29927 Reply


    Mine? Just a random name generator, I didn’t come up with it myself.

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