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After poking around, I have managed to add a URL to a post. Seems a lot more difficult to have to open a window than the previous method where I just typed in the url tags, but I assume there is a reason and I will adapt.


My question is how do I show a name rather than the actual url. I used to use the format (as an example):


MLS


Where only the "MLS" would show up as a clickable link. I'm pretty certain some of those new buttons above the dialog box will let me do that, but most of them use words that I have no idea of the meaning.


Any help appreciated, as I don't want to get yelled at for posting one of those urls that occupies three lines! /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blush.gif


Thanks & Happy RRing,


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The only reliable way I found to do that is by using HTML, the format is basically the same.


< a$href="URL">text to display< /a>


But to type it in and get it work you've got to click the Source button located on the far left of the top tool bar of the editor.


The following is a copy from one of Dwight's posts


 < a$href="URL" >Text< /a >


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.


< a$href="http://www.SantaCruzLumberCo.com" >Santa Cruz Lumber Co.< /a>


(again with no spaces except the "$") results in this...
 Santa Cruz Lumber Co.
 

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Jerry


Like this




MLS  using this...




< a$href="URL" >Text< /a >


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.




 


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Thanks folks!

I'll give it a try next time I'm posting a link.

And Mike: I certainly agree, but don't like the obvious alternative!

Happy RRing,

Jerry
 

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Shad said in another topic that you type the name/phrase you wish to appear as a link (Santa Cruz Lumber Company in the examples below), highlight it, click the Insert/Edit Link button in the toolbar, and type/paste the URL into the resulting pop-up window.  MUCH easier than the manual method!


Santa Cruz Lumber Company


Yep, it works. :) The only bad thing is that it doesn't automatically underline the link.  You may therefore want to use the Source button to add the < u > and < /u > tags enclosing the link phrase like so...


Santa Cruz Lumber Company
 

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Thanks Dwight!

Like Mike wrote . . .

Happy RRing,
Jerry
 

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Posted By Dwight Ennis on 01/05/2008 5:28 PM


Shad said in another topic that you type the name/phrase you wish to appear as a link (Santa Cruz Lumber Company in the examples below), highlight it, click the Insert/Edit Link button in the toolbar, and insert the type/paste the URL into the resulting pop-up window.  MUCH easier than the manual method!


Santa Cruz Lumber Company



I found a different solution, which I'm sure has been mentioned elsewhere, but this thread has the right topic so I'll put it here.

Lots of my software uses the 'insert picture' link:




And also the Insert Link:



In both cases, all you have to do is preload the clipboard with the url needed (i.e. highlight the URL, right-click on it and "copy") then click the appropriate button.

The new software opens a 'properties' box (just like NOF, one of my website packages,) and you 'paste' your URL into the box:


(That's part of my member space - just happened to be an open browser window.  I hope it will ask for your password if you click on it!)

And next is a basic link produced when you hit "OK" (not the same one shown above)
www.mylargescale.com/Community/Forums/tabid/56/forumid/14/tpage/1/view/topic/postid/3584/Default.aspx#3692

Now, the trick is that the text you are seeing is not the actual link code (all you HTML experts leave the room, please.)  You can edit the text (carefully) and the link stays the same:

Historical Locos

Q.E.D.

Incidentally, the Insert Image box also includes a bunch of extra parameters you can set.  The first two have a border=2, the first has h/vspace = 2 and the second is =6.  (space = pixels from the adjacent element.)
 

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Pete

Very nicely done!

Not to upset you, however, in another topic I had mentioned that you could use gold.mylargescale.... or 1stclass.mylargescale.... and Shad made the comment that you shouldn't use the gold. because in the not too distant future it will no longer be valid. So you might want to get ahead of the game and modify anything you've got using the old old reference.
 

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Pete:

Many thanks. I had found the "Link" box, but didn't realize any desired text / name could be typed in the post. After assing the "Link", does one just highlight the link and type in its place? I'll try it in the near future.

Happy RRing,

Jerry
 

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Jerry,

I found that, to edit the link text, you have to be careful not to highlight the whole thing and replace it - the link goes away!

I found it best to put the mouse pointer in the text, delete everything except the first and last letters, type in what I wanted, then delete the first and last letters.
 

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Thanks Pete!

That was exactly my concern. Still haven't tried it, but will soon.

Jerry
 
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