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Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 9:34 am    Post subject: The secret world of the Link Fairy laid bare  Reply with quote    

You too can do fancy short links - as in "the Downsizer website is here". It's quite easy and this post tells you how.


A bold step

First let's look at how to do bold text. The easiest way is simply highlight the bit of text you want boldifying and then click the B icon in the post editor (where it says B, i, u, Quote etc). Alternatively, you can simply write [b] immediately before the text, and [/b] immediately afterwards. So:-

today is a [b]sunny[/b] day

would come out as:-

today is a sunny day

When you click the B icon, the post editor simply inserts these markers before and afterwards for you. Nothing more to it than that!


Links

Doing links is very similar, but we use [url] and [/url] to surround the link instead of [b] and [/b]. So this:-

[url]www.downsizer.net[/url]

would come out as:-

www.downsizer.net

If you want a "long" link like this, you don't have to worry about the [url] and [/url] markers: when you paste in a URL, Downsizer is clever and knows what you mean, and converts it to a dark green clickable link for you.

If you want a fancy short link however, you do have to put the markers in yourself, but the format is slightly different. Instead of:-

[url]website address here[/url]

it becomes:-

[url=website address here]Text of your choice here[/url]

It is important to get the '=' sign and the square brackets in the right place otherwise it won't work. That might seem like a slight faff at first but it's a doddle really. So:-

The Downsizer website is [url=www.downsizer.net]here[/url]

would come out as:-

The Downsizer website is here.


And finally...

As well as short links and formatted text, you can do other fancy things like bullet lists. These simple techniques are called BBCode and you can find a fuller article on what you can do and how to do it here.
A.

Last edited by Barefoot Andrew on Sat Dec 05, 09 7:33 pm; edited 1 time in total

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And if people don't follow this wise advice, Andrew will cut off his other foot.

Blue Sky



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Location: France
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That was nifty. I wondered for a minute how you'd done it.

dougal



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Location: South Kent
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And I'd place a bet that almost no one recognises that the *real* magic lies in making the [something] and [/something] tags appear (without just working, invisibly), while, in the same post, making them work, as usual, invisibly...
That, people, is where the magic lies!

Barefoot Andrew
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 21 Mar 2007
Posts: 22780
Location: In the 17th century
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Witchcraft is sometimes quite easy when you know how...
A.

Jonnyboy



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Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dougal wrote:
And I'd place a bet that almost no one recognises that the *real* magic lies in making the [something] and [/something] tags appear (without just working, invisibly), while, in the same post, making them work, as usual, invisibly...
That, people, is where the magic lies!


Stop confusing the target audience.

Cathryn



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Posts: 19829
Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's a bit long, are we expected to read it all?

Northern_Lad



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Location: Somewhere
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ruby wrote:
It's a bit long, are we expected to read it all?


Yes; and there's written exam to follow.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 18989
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't trust in science and will continue to believe in the web fairies.

Barefoot Andrew
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 21 Mar 2007
Posts: 22780
Location: In the 17th century
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 07 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Behemoth wrote:
I don't trust in science and will continue to believe in the web fairies.


Help comes to those who help themselves...
A.

Barefoot Andrew
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 21 Mar 2007
Posts: 22780
Location: In the 17th century
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 09 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Helpful bump.
A.

yummersetter



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Posts: 3195
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 09 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yes, I thought about shortening the Liz Jones story link, but the effect of that bottle of shiraz I polished off this evening said no. no. no.

earthyvirgo



Joined: 24 Aug 2007
Posts: 7972
Location: creating prints in the loft, Gerlan
PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 09 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great, glad you posted that BA.
I always feel rather not remembering how to make short links.

EV

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33679
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun May 05, 13 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: The secret world of the Link Fairy laid bare Reply with quote    

Barefoot Andrew wrote:
You too can do fancy short links - as in "the Downsizer website is here". It's quite easy and this post tells you how.


A bold step

First let's look at how to do bold text. The easiest way is simply highlight the bit of text you want boldifying and then click the B icon in the post editor (where it says B, i, u, Quote etc). Alternatively, you can simply write immediately before the text, and immediately afterwards. So:-

today is a sunny day

would come out as:-

today is a sunny day

When you click the B icon, the post editor simply inserts these markers before and afterwards for you. Nothing more to it than that!


Links

Doing links is very similar, but we use [url] and [/url] to surround the link instead of and . So this:-

www.downsizer.net

would come out as:-

www.downsizer.net

If you want a "long" link like this, you don't have to worry about the [url] and [/url] markers: when you paste in a URL, Downsizer is clever and knows what you mean, and converts it to a dark green clickable link for you.

If you want a fancy short link however, you do have to put the markers in yourself, but the format is slightly different. Instead of:-

[url]website address here[/url]

it becomes:-

[url=website address here]Text of your choice here[/url]

It is important to get the '=' sign and the square brackets in the right place otherwise it won't work. That might seem like a slight faff at first but it's a doddle really. So:-

The Downsizer website is here

would come out as:-

The Downsizer website is here.


And finally...

As well as short links and formatted text, you can do other fancy things like bullet lists. These simple techniques are called BBCode and you can find a fuller article on what you can do and how to do it here.
A.




Thought I'd force this to reappear so MJ, dpack and other lazy types can try and work it out for themselves. It's not rocket surgery, and leaving huge links makes all the other posts in the thread to become unreadable at times. Please, why don't you try?

Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
Posts: 18397
Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Sun May 05, 13 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't call me lazy Nick

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