Canonicalization (canonization) is a process by which a particular format, whether it is a document, a URL or other type of data is converted to a previously agreed format. Canonicalization can be used to correct formatting errors and prevent a single URL is displayed more than once.
The main advantage of Canonicalization is that it allows users to work more quickly and efficiently with a document or a URL to deal with. It also facilitates the recognition of a single document or a URLso that they are not displayed more than once or the processing of a single document or a URL can be simplified.
A disadvantage of Canonicalization is that it refers to a specific format, so not all documents or URLs can be converted. This means that some documents or URLs may not be converted, leading to possible errors and conflicts.
Canonicalization can be used in many different use cases, including correcting errors in the formatting of documents and URLs, preventing URLs from being displayed multiple times, and simplifying the processing of individual documents or URLs.
An example of the use of Canonicalization is when a website offers multiple URLs for the same page. These URLs can be identified with the help of Canonicalization so that they all point to the same page. Another example is the use of Canonicalization when processing documents. If a document is available in several different formats, it can be edited using the Canonicalization converted into a uniform format.
Canonicalization can be a very useful tool to correct errors in formatting of documents and URLs and to prevent multiple display of URLs. It can also be used to simplify the processing of individual documents or URLs. While Canonicalization may be convenient, it may also prevent some documents or URLs from being converted, possibly leading to errors and conflicts.« Back to Glossary Index