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Antioch Tech
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My first time posting.  I hope this is the correct forum.

I need to create links to daily articles on certain web sites.  On some sites, the URL for the article that day contains the date.  So the article for today would be www.site.com/June/25.  How do I write code to put elements of today's date in the link?

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It is complicated. You should probably install a CMS such as Wordpress which does that for you.

If you're running on an Apache server the first step would be to use the mod_rewrite directives to control how the URL works. After that you need a server-side programming language to read the URL and choose which content to display based on the URL.

 

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Here's a start.  I would recommend making the drop-down a dynamic list for the last 30 (?) days
from the current date using the Date() object.

    <select id='Peanuts'>
      <option value=""> Select </option>
      <option value="Choose date"> Choose date </option>
      <option value="2020/06/30"> 2020/06/30 </option>
      <option value="2020/06/29"> 2020/06/29 </option>
      <option value="2020/06/28"> 2020/06/28 </option>
      <option value="2020/06/27"> 2020/06/27 </option>
      <option value="2020/06/26"> 2020/06/26 </option>
    </select>  
    <script>
    console.clear();
    function Cartoon() {
      document.location.href
       = `https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/${document.getElementById('Peanuts').value}`;
    }
    function init() {
      document.getElementById('Peanuts').addEventListener('change', Cartoon ) 
    } init();
    </script>

 

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Thank you for the attempt, but this does not do what I need.  I need the link today to point to today's strip.  Tomorrow the link will point to tomorrow's strip.  Each day the link would point to the strip for that day.  Not  a list of dates to choose from, but the strip for today's date.

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22 hours ago, Antioch Tech said:

Thank you for the attempt, but this does not do what I need.  I need the link today to point to today's strip.  Tomorrow the link will point to tomorrow's strip.  Each day the link would point to the strip for that day.  Not  a list of dates to choose from, but the strip for today's date.

How many days are to be included into the past?

Would be difficult to point to tomorrow's strip until that day has been posted.

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Try this:

<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head><title> Test Page </title>
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<meta name="viewport" content="width-device-width,initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=yes"/>
<!-- link rel="stylesheet" href="common.css" media="screen" -->
<style>
 #Peanuts { font-size: 2em; }
</style>
</head>
<body>
<a id="Peanuts" href="" target='_blank'>Todays's Peanut Strip</a>
<script>
function init() {
  var tday = new Date();
  var link = 'https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/'
           + tday.getFullYear()+'/'+(tday.getMonth()+1)+'/'+tday.getDate();
  document.getElementById('Peanuts').href = link;
} init();
</script>
</body>
</html>

 

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It depends on whether the website chose to accept numbers without leading zeroes or not. It seems that GoComics is prepared for both kinds of numbers so it is not a problem in this scenario.

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