The guardian should have qr codes so I can teeet what I'm reading in the paper
— James H (@angusprune) October 22, 2009
Let’s Make It Happen
So, assuming each story has a URL, how would that look
Turning it into a QR code using my encoder…
That’s probably a bit large for a paper – you could shrink it down or cut down on the error rate, but then it would be hard to scan.
Luckily the Guardian redirects mobile phone browsers to their mobile site – rather than trying to cram the whole page on to a tiny screen – so there only needs to be one code per story.
Assuming that the Guardian’s CMS works in a vaugely sensible way, each story has an ID. So the URL could be http://guardian.co.uk/?p=123456789
So, using a shorter URL gives us…
If they were to use a custom short-url service – guardi.an for example – the code becomes even smaller.
Could this be printed near every important story? I see they have links within the paper than you have to manually type in – could this be a way to connect the online and offline versions of the paper?