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GET, bookmarkable searches, and forms

I'm sorry, I know this is discussed elsewhere in this forum (and also on Stackoverflow and various blog posts), but I have not been able to wrap my head around a solution for my particular situation. I'm going to describe what I'm trying to do and hope someone will take pity here and give me some pointers...



This is a Japanese dictionary site. If I type a word in the big input at the top, like "sushi" and press enter, I am sent to


This seems to me to be an obvious thing to want to do -- for one thing, the link is bookmarkable. I'm also building a dictionary and bookmarkability is crucial. This sort of thing:


...won't cut it in this instance.

Now, surely this is possible, presumably through the use of routing, but I swear I can't figure out how to do that in CI. Any pointers would really be appreciated, thanks.

This is possible if you make use of URL rewriting (if you are using Apache, check the URL Rewriting guide on http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/misc/rewriteguide.html).

Then you will be able to get search terms as function parameters in your controllers.

Thanks Seb.

I have .httaccess working. But I'm not sure I understand what role mod_rewrite would have in getting such a URL to work. CI has a routing module, aren't I going to have to use that in the end anyway?

Well you can use both, but I'd rather be using URL rewriting with .htaccess because I guess it is more secure and less CPU-intensive than CI re-routing.

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