September 07, 2012

How to enter a link in a comment

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That's the basic comment entry box. First thing we do is type part or all of our comment. (It isn't necessary to write it all; links can be added at any time.)

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Then we highlight the text we want to make into a link.

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We click the magic "make a link" button:

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It looks like chain links, get it? In response we get a popup:

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We enter our URL in the appropriate box:

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And we hit "Insert".

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The box automagically changes some things around. Don't let that bother you; it doesn't matter. Our last step is to hit "OK".

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And our link is now complete.

And now you guys have no excuses for putting ugly URLs directly inline. Please don't do it from now on.

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Courier says, "Get it right, you geeks!!!"

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Site Stuff at 11:34 AM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 It's a damn poor mind that can't think of more than one way to enter a link!  (And I'm talking about the comment box, not commenters.)

Posted by: RickC at September 07, 2012 02:10 PM (WQ6Vb)

2 Comment box at ai.mee.nu permits raw HTML (click the less-more symbol). But Chizumatic's box is neutered. It's either Steven's method or none.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 07, 2012 02:29 PM (RqRa5)

3 Not my choice, Pete. It's always been like that. The "<>" control appears in the box I use to enter posts.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2012 03:08 PM (+rSRq)

4

Rick, there is a second way: you paste the URL in directly, and the code here recognizes that it is a URL and turns it into a link.

My point with this post is that it's ugly and and I don't want anyone using it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2012 03:10 PM (+rSRq)

5 Steven, I know, it was just a joke.  It would be nice if the box made both kinds of links look the same.

Posted by: RickC at September 07, 2012 04:02 PM (WQ6Vb)

6 Yes, but it doesn't.  I have the same problem over at The Pond as Steven, and will now be referring people to this post.

I've actually been wanting to do a similar one, but I'm glad Steven beat me to it!

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 07, 2012 04:56 PM (RZfzj)

7

 

It would be nice if the box made both kinds of links look the same.

When you enter a raw URL, how would it know what the link text should be? Making it prompt for it would be a headache -- especially if there were several raw URLs being fixed.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2012 06:08 PM (+rSRq)

8 "When you enter a raw URL, how would it know what the link text should be?"
Well, BBCode and the like have been around for ages.  It's not a big deal to me, I'll try to do it the right way.  The editor is quirky for me, though.

Posted by: RickC at September 07, 2012 08:17 PM (WQ6Vb)

9 BBCode works too:

[url=http://ai.mee.nu]My blog![/url]

Produces:

My blog!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 07, 2012 11:41 PM (PiXy!)

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