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Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby atlef on Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:58 am

I see a lot of people here do not use the bbcode functions when making links.
To me this is somewhat frustrating, as I'm used to make my links a little more informative.

Example: if I were to link to a post or to a external site, I copy or write some text: Go to the Ubuntu site for more info, my text is the link. Not just http://start.ubuntu.com/8.04/ or to a post in this forum: Read this info to solve your problem. and not viewtopic.php?f=42&t=3969

If you use Firefox, there is a great add on, BBCodeXtra.

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Or you can use the built in feature in the forum.

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Maybe this is just me, as I have used this add on for a long time.

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Re: Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby Fred on Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:29 am

atlef,

I know you are talking to me. :-)

I just figured out how to use the "quote" function. And I forget to do that from time to time.

Give me time, I'll get there. I am just a slow learner. Old dogs, new tricks, and stuff like that. :-)

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Re: Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby newW2 on Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:05 am

Thanks. Got it and it works well. What happens when the reader wants to copy the past say to a Tomboy note for future use or a how to? It looks like the reader needs to know that they must hover over each embedded link, right-click, and then select copy each link location. That is a rather ... insert the your word(s) of choice here ... type of feature that isn't necessarily be a welcome side affect. Having said that, is there a way to view all the links/copy all the links and avoid the extra steps when coping the whole post (with url information)?

It is a nice add-on and as you say it makes the post look nice as well, and saves space.
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Re: Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby atlef on Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:02 am

Fred wrote:atlef,

I know you are talking to me. :-)

I just figured out how to use the "quote" function. And I forget to do that from time to time.

Give me time, I'll get there. I am just a slow learner. Old dogs, new tricks, and stuff like that. :-)

Fred


Not directed at anyone in particular. :-)

newW2 wrote:Thanks. Got it and it works well. What happens when the reader wants to copy the past say to a Tomboy note for future use or a how to? It looks like the reader needs to know that they must hover over each embedded link, right-click, and then select copy each link location. That is a rather ... insert the your word(s) of choice here ... type of feature that isn't necessarily be a welcome side affect. Having said that, is there a way to view all the links/copy all the links and avoid the extra steps when coping the whole post (with url information)?

It is a nice add-on and as you say it makes the post look nice as well, and saves space.


I use Glipper to remember and manage my clipbook, so I can copy a lot of stuff before I paste. Saves a little time when I'm answering forums.

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Re: Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby newW2 on Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:19 am

Hum, maybe I wasn't clear. That happens. How can the reader select the text in the post and paste it to his Tomboy notes and have the links that are added with bbcode as - e.g. text that links to a website or forum post come along and be useful at a later date / on another computer? Do they need bbcode add-on installed?
Sorry if I'm not making since. Here's an example of something that I do when I find that forum answer/link that I really want to keep and not make a bookmark for in FF. I'll copy the post and put that in a notebook or Oo Doc for long term storage. Using the bbcode extension to make links to words in the post doesn't appear to copy the link.

//edit// links are preserved in open office but not in Tomboy or text editor. To get the actual source the copy must be done highlighting the post and then rihgt-clicking to "view source selection" and then copying the selection(s) from the pop-up window, and finally pasting. I can work with that. :)
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Re: Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby Zwopper on Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:28 pm

Point to the link text, right click, copy link. :!:
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Re: Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby newW2 on Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:33 pm

Yup you are right and already said :D in the previous post here. :lol: I used it again. And you get to do that procedure, one link at a time for every link in a post. If you want copy the whole post and its multiple links, and then past in a text editor that method is slow. :roll: Using the view source method gets them all. That's all folks :!:
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Re: Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby Zwopper on Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:51 pm

newW2 wrote:Yup you are right and already said :D in the previous post here. :lol: I used it again. And you get to do that procedure, one link at a time for every link in a post. If you want copy the whole post and its multiple links, and then past in a text editor that method is slow. :roll: Using the view source method gets them all. That's all folks :!:

Well you could always press the "quote" button and get everything spelled out at once for you...
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Re: Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby Husse on Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:44 pm

Well - nicer but it would probably cost me the time to answer a question or two :)
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Re: Make your URL's prettier by using bbcode.

Postby newW2 on Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:08 pm

I wondered how it might affect moderating. More specifically, how newbies coming from windows and not used to forums (as yous truly was a little more than a year ago - sometimes that's more obvious than others) as a knowledge base to ask question ... and actually get help ... etc. would use the add on.
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