A technical question regarding GW posting

good_gardening1September 14, 2006

I searched for a place to post this and came up with this forum as the best choice.

I have noticed through reading and posting that there are people who can post hyperlinks or links to sources or references right within their text. Those links appear as blue text with underlining.

I wanna know how to do that.

:)

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ginny12

This is a test of what I was told but never tried til now. Go to the website whose link you want to copy. Highlight the address at the top of your screen. Right click and choose copy. Go back to your post and right click and choose paste.

If a link to Plant Delights appears, I've done it right!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 5:50PM
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ginny12

Guess not. :(

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 5:51PM
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bob414(USDA 9, Sunset 15)

Here's how:
<a href="URL"> name for URL</a>
For instance if I type:
<a href="http://moon.google.com/";> Google Moon</a>
I get: Google Moon

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 10:09AM
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minnie_tx

Thanks Bob and thanks for the moon shot!!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 12:08PM
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bob414(USDA 9, Sunset 15)

You're welcome. Did you zoom all the way in?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 12:47PM
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good_gardening1
    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 1:49PM
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good_gardening1

Thank You Bob!

You win a Gold Star:

    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 1:52PM
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catluvr(US)

oh, I've been trying without success--I'll try here too!

Gardenweb Forums

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 2:06PM
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catluvr(US)

Dang...back to the drawing board....

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 2:08PM
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WendyB(5A/MA)

And sometimes for the name of the link, I repeat the actual link. makes it clear where the link will lead you.

http://www.weather.com/weather/local/03060

Could have said:

Weather in Nashua NH

But sometimes I prefer the former example.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 10:05PM
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larry_gene

catluvr, you "quoted" the href along with the URL, just put quotes around the URL only.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 10:41PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

I understand how to insert the hyperlinks, but what I don't understand is how to explain it without actually getting the link.

Bob gave the formula

and then he typed it with
a href="http://moon.google.com/

and Google Moon inserted, but he didn't get the actual link.

I want to be able to explain the process like he did, but I don't know how to do it without actually getting the hyperlink.

I've previewed and revised this follow-up about ten times and I've gotten amazing screwups with weird invalid links. So how do you show how to insert hyperlinks without actually doing it or giving roundabout directions.

Claire

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 4:48PM
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bob414(USDA 9, Sunset 15)

The less than and greater than signs are the key. To get the type & g t ; without the signs.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 10:06PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Google Moon

Thanks!
Claire

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 10:27AM
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catluvr(US)

Sorry--I'm a computer moron. Bob, does that mean that I don't use the > or I copied my link exactly as I saw Bob typed it but using the greater/less than key. Also, when I copy the URL, I don't get the "a href" or the when I paste it, so on my last try I typed those things in.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2006 at 8:55PM
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bob414(USDA 9, Sunset 15)

To get a link that's live you need to use the greater and less than keys. There is no space except between the a and the href and there must be quotation marks around the URL. If I type Claire's link exactly as it looks it won't work, but if I omit all the spaces except between a and href and put" marks around http:moon.google.com/ I get:
Google Moon
If you test the link make sure you zoom all the way in.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2006 at 11:51AM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

Very funny! Should have expected it but I didn't. Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2006 at 9:59PM
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bob414(USDA 9, Sunset 15)

It is a surprise, especially if you have used google earth. If you haven't tried google earth it is fascinating (at least to me). Wikipedia has a very good description and instructions along with a link to the google earth home page where you can download the free version. The wikipedia article is here: google earth.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2006 at 10:07AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Lately I've been leaving out the quotation marks and it still works fine.

Google Moon

All I did here was put real around the above.

Google Moon

Claire

    Bookmark   October 29, 2006 at 12:06PM
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aka_peggy(Central Md 6b)

Let's see.

Google Moon

    Bookmark   October 30, 2006 at 8:31AM
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aka_peggy(Central Md 6b)

OMG, I've never been able to do that before! Thank you Bob!! I've been so envious of people that can do that! I'll have to play with it a bit.

Good gardening, thanks for posing this question!

:)

    Bookmark   October 30, 2006 at 8:35AM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

This is a test too. I post photo images into my text but didn't know how to do the embedded links.
Easy Photo Posting Instructions

Cool! Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 30, 2006 at 9:33AM
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catluvr(US)

Well I tried it and no one could go to my link. I'll try here instead:

Blog

    Bookmark   November 2, 2006 at 9:54PM
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phyl345(z.5)

wow! i just now stumbled upon this....THIS IS GREAT!!! i can't say that i GET IT quite yet, but i hope after i reread it a couple times........

    Bookmark   November 7, 2006 at 6:26PM
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larry_gene

Leaving out the quotes will work when using URLs in scripting because there are no spaces in a standard URL.

In some other HTML scripting, the value that comes after the = may have spaces and therefore needs to be quoted.

It is always good practice to use the quotes.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2006 at 10:58PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

larry gene:

That makes sense - I wondered why people kept putting in the quotes when It worked without them. I think I forgot one day, and it was OK; but then I've been careful about deleting any spaces in the URL.

Claire

    Bookmark   November 13, 2006 at 8:28PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

I'm posting this draft FAQ for comments here because

1. I think it might be of use to some of the posters, and

2. bob414 and larry_gene had good answers to my question (and may have helpful input here).

All comments, good or bad, are welcome.

Claire

Here is a link that might be useful: Draft FAQ on HTML

    Bookmark   December 28, 2006 at 5:03PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Note that, under the GW rules for FAQ items, I normally can't insert links. That means the references have to be search topics, not sites.

I hope they'll let me link to sites within GW for informational purposes. That's why I linked to the Garden Web Forum Page and the Hot Pepper Forum Photo FAQ rather than something jazzy like Google Moon.

Claire

    Bookmark   December 28, 2006 at 5:29PM
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jaceysgranny(7aAR)

Why can't you just copy and paste the url in your search box in the url link below and it work?

Here is a link that might be useful: Gardenweb Suggestions

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 2:34AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

jaceysgranny:

Using the Optional Link URL box at the bottom of the posting form works fine for one link, but sometimes you want to be able to post more than one link.

In that case it's nice to be able to post several hyperlinks, rather than post the long URL's which a lot of people won't bother to copy and paste.

Claire

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 10:39AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Is there a mistake on the Font size for 16 PT below this in the instructions?

WHAT COMMANDS ARE THERE BESIDES COLOR AND SIZE?

A few useful tags are:

<:b> bold
underline
italic
small text
red

Well, I see it will not even show up when copy and pasted...hmmmm

I thought there would/should be an equal number of ...but do not know HTML.

Sue

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 11:44AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Thanks Sue, there were several mistakes. I think I've corrected them here. Also, once they get copied they change into active tabs so you have to retype the commands yourself. Revising this thing is driving me mad.

A few useful tags are:

<b> bold </b>
<u> underline </u>
<i> italic </i>
<small> small text </small>
<font color=red> red </font>
<font size=16> 16 pt </font>
This is <BR>
a command for <BR>
a line break

Claire

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 12:28PM
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emagineer(z5 CO)

garden wb

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 12:01PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

If you have Firefox, I'm guessing this is new since the OP, you can use a simple tool from Copy as HTML Link 1.1

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 1:48PM
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