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How to post and embed URLs (web links)

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:01 am
by Kobus
Often, you want to direct readers to another web page. It might be a page on this site, or an eBay auction, or some other page elsewhere on the web. The location of a web page is called its URL. This board automatically enables properly-formatted URLs, so you can type the following, for example:

...and readers will be able to click it to go there. It's easy to break this method, though, if your URL is in the middle or at the end of a sentence. Putting a comma or a period or any other punctuation at the end of the URL will sometimes force the board to consider that extra punctuation as part of the URL, and when that happens the link won't work because the actual URL does not include that punctuation mark. It is good to get into the habit of adding a space before you use a punctuation mark at the end of a URL.
Like this:
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Not like this:

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This plain method works OK for short URLs, but long URLs are messy when posted on the board. They make every post in the entire thread extra wide, so that it can't be read without tiresome back-and-forth horizontal scrolling. That's why its best to use one of several techniques to make the long link short.

The cleanest way to include a link is to embed it. Here's how it's done, step by step:

You put at the end of the URL

Then you put whatever text you want people to click on to go to the linked page (this is the "hotlink text")

Then you put

at the end of the hotlink text