The only way that I've been able to do it reliably is to use the full editor window by using Add Reply button or click the Reply icon in the message header. When once there I click the Source button in the top right tool bar. Then type in the HTML code.
For an on-line HTML reference try the following link below check out the Create Hyperlinks link in the Examples area. Click Here
Here's an example of what I think you're trying to do. Feedback Forum
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with no spaces except the "$" between "a" and "href" - the URL must be enclosed within double-quotes. "Text" is what you will see as underlined, clickable text.
If you go to the full Reply page (not Quick Reply), there is a "Source" button as the first item in the Toolbar. This allows you to type in the html directly, and is what I've been using for certain things like links and sigs.
That W3Schools site is the best reference place for HTML and any other Internet standard you want to get into. Plus the tutorials are good and interactive to boot. You might want to make a fav bookmark for it on your system..
Type in the text that you want to be the link, then highlight it with your mouse, and then click on the link button in the toolbar, add in the url and voila, a link.
That is easy! Much, much better than hard-coding it!
A minor point: Since the automatically created link isn't automatically underlined when the message is posted (at least it's not on my screen) a nearly color-blind guy like me has trouble spotting the active links. Info only, not a request for change.
Like Becky ask on how ... I did like Shad sugguested for a test... "Type in name i wanted" then highlight it with mouse and then click on Link ( chain icon) Copy the link out of my web site on MLS. then paste it in the link box.
Interestingly, the highlight, click the link does not work on my computer in AOL. It works fine when I log on with Internet Explorer. Go figure... /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/crazy.gif
Do like Shad said and use the Reply button and you don't need to know any code and you don't even need to type in the URL just add the URL by copying and pasting and use the "Insert Hyperlink" button...