lucy24 - 5:34 pm on Jul 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
I read somewhere that using fixed links to resources is bad.
Depends whom you ask. Right here in this very thread, you'll see g1 telling you to use site-absolute links for everything-- that is, the kind with / at the beginning. Conversely I'm all for keeping things in packages-- page plus associated files-- so the relative links stay the same even if the package is moved.
If your site is designed from scratch with all the images in one place, then absolute links will always work.
There are some situations where you must use absolute links, notably in error documents.
Oh, and google may not be literally changing your URL. But it has a solid history of inventing URLs out of its fevered imagination-- or out of willful misreading of anchor text, which amounts to the same thing. And depending on extension, the extra bits may calmly attach themselves to the URL. And then you're stuck with two.