SOLO HowTo: Making a Link

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2007-09-26 01:51

I spend a lot of my time correcting links that people post on the website. It is starting to take away from my enjoyment of reading people's comments. So I thought I'd be proactive and talk about the two easy ways you the average poster can post the URL of your choice.

So lets say you want to post a link to this url: http://news.independent.co.uk/... The first step in making the link worthwhile is to think of why someone would want to click on it. The story is about the new XBox 360 game Halo 3. So I would probably say something like "Halo 3 hits the streets today!". Now I want to make that text the link. On our website below the textbox where you can write content is a toggle that says "enable rich-text" or "disable rich text". This tells you if you are using our fancy html editor or not. If the link says "enable" you are just writing plain old html and you need to follow the manual method. If it says "disable" you are using the fancy javascript editor. I'll go over this way first, so if you want to try it out (this is what the test forum is for) make sure you hit the "enable rich-text" and follow these steps.

  1. Highlight the text you want to make the link.
  2. When you highlight right click on the text you highlighted. This will bring up a context menu.
  3. Select "Insert/Edit Link". This brings up a dialog where you can paste the link in and control what happens when people click on it.
  4. Click "Insert" when you are done. Now the link appears! To remove the link just right click and hit "unlink"

So if you are a html freak like myself and don't use the rich text editor the steps are not much more difficult, just a little strange.

  1. Put the following before the words you want to turn in to a link, replacing your URL with mine: <a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sci_tech/article2998923.ece">
  2. After the text you would like to make a link just put </a>
  3. Remember close all your open tags or I will have to fix them!

If you find that while previewing your post that the html is showing up, this means you were in rich-text mode when you thought you were in HTML mode. No worries. Just "cut" the text that is in html, hit "disable rich-text" and "paste" it in. All fixed!

Happy link making!

Wm

 

 


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Just having a little giggle

Grace's picture

to replace my URL with yours that means that the link will point to this. 

As if Halo 3 needed any more advertising. Sticking out tongue

Images

Liz's picture

Ditto Sandi.

Cheers WN

Sandi's picture

I have no idea of how to post a picture or photograph? There was a post explaining how to do this, but I can not find it.

Dinther, I am curious about your pastry, it looks very interesting.

Spell Checking

Spell checking does work. While in rich text mode click the icon with the check-mark underneath the ABC. This will highlight all your misspelled words in red. Then LEFT click on the word and possible corrections will appear. Check it out. If you are not in rich text mode, firefox will will do the same thing, though you will have to RIGHT click to correct it.

Wm

overly long urls

Rick Pasotto's picture

Could you also suggest that people not make the url itself the link — particularly when the link is a gazillion characters long? One such post makes the entire thread unreadable without left-right scrolling — something I refuse to do.

So it was you who fixed my

dinther's picture

So it was you who fixed my links in my posts! Thanks. I tried but never realised there was a popup menu and Raw HTML didn't seem to work for me (Probably because I was still in Rich text mode)

Also a pitty that the rich text mode doesn't allow the spelling check that Firefox give me. I really need spelling check Smiling

Go to this website. Hey it works.

Thanks man, you are doing a great job looking after this place.

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