MSDN website: breaking links and hearts everywhere

The MSDN website has a long history of breaking links over time, and in general, their URL format is horrible. We don’t need to see the internals of your website back-end MS!

Take the CreateProcess function for example, its URL is http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms682425(VS.85).aspx. The part that identifies the page is just gobbledygook.

First off, why is the Visual Studio version in there? The CreateProcess function has not really changed since Win95/NT3.5 and is certainly not going to change depending on which version of Visual Studio you are using. The other issue is that you have no idea what a link points to just by looking at the URL.

If I had my way, their links would look more along the lines of http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/win/um/CreateProcess

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2 Responses to “MSDN website: breaking links and hearts everywhere”

  1. anonymous Says:

    They’ve sucked for ages and lots of old MSDN links are broken too instead of redirecting. For the dual pane view, the older MSDN/Technet “archive” version that uses frames is so much faster.

  2. windowssucks Says:

    They just broke more links ( http://www.osronline.com/showThread.CFM?link=179456 )

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