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How do I make a URL or email address an active navigation link (hotlink)?

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While posting anything on this website, how does one make a URL (web address) or an email address into an active navigation link?

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You can make an active link by using the chain-link icon in the editor as shown here.   Be sure to put the full address in, such as http://www

For email links enter:    mailto:someone@example.com   (no http:// needed)

 

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Thanks TW. Your information is correct, and the graphics will help everyone.

Just want to reiterate that for URLs, the link should be complete. For emails, be sure to include the prefix "mailto:" (without the quotes, but with the colon).

Thanks again for your help.

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Did Fran create your avatar? Really cute.

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Yes, actually both. She did an outstanding job. Very creative, with just a few words of what I was looking for. It is very descriptive of my life since launching CL.

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Both avatars are online clip art with a little modifying on my part.  I can't take credit for either.

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They are both really cute though Fran. I think Bud likes both of them too. ;o)

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On 10/17/2015 at 11:20 AM, Twin Wolf Technology Group said:

You can make an active link by using the chain-link icon in the editor as shown here.   Be sure to put the full address in, such as http://www

For email links enter:    mailto:someone@example.com   (no http:// needed)

 

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I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but this doesn't work for me. I click on the chain icon and then copy a URL into one or both categories, but nothing produces an active link. Help! I'm trying to post the following: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2017/07/08/us-held-to-1-1-tie-by-panama-in-gold-cup-opener/103530938/

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3 minutes ago, Bonnie said:

I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but this doesn't work for me. I click on the chain icon and then copy a URL into one or both categories, but nothing produces an active link. Help! I'm trying to post the following: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2017/07/08/us-held-to-1-1-tie-by-panama-in-gold-cup-opener/103530938/

There are two fields needed to make a referenced link into a "hotlink". BOTH are needed.

The dialog that opens when you click on the chain link looking icon has those two fields. The first (topmost) is the HTML code that actually gets executed. That means, as stated in Twin Wolf's posting here needs to have the fully qualified URL information. What that means is to include the "http://....." preface (or it might be "https://.....", etc.).

The second field is the text that is to be displayed to the viewer. More often than not, people just put in the same fully qualified URL information that is in the first field. However, sometimes it is more productive or less confusing to put something that is more descriptive. For example, you may want to put "Click Here" for the text to be displayed, rather than lengthy and obtuse or confusing URLs.

For example:

http://www.chiriqui.life              <===<< in the first field

Chiriqui.Life                         <===<< in the second field

....would insert a hotlink that says "Chiriqui.Life" to the user, but would execute the URL "http://www.chiriqui.life".

The same approach is used to put in email addresses as hotlinks. The exception is that the preface in the first field needs to be exactly "mailto:" (including the colon character), which is then followed by the email address.

For example:

mailto:support@chiriqui.life             <====<< in the first field
                                                  
support@chiriqui.life                    <====<< in the second field

...will open up the users email client and start an email to <support@chiriqui.life>.

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2 hours ago, Bonnie said:

I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but this doesn't work for me. I click on the chain icon and then copy a URL into one or both categories, but nothing produces an active link. Help! I'm trying to post the following: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2017/07/08/us-held-to-1-1-tie-by-panama-in-gold-cup-opener/103530938/

The link here worked perfectly for me, Bonnie. Android tablet, haven't tried it on a desktop.

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Thanks, Bud and Jim. I hadn't made myself clear. What I was trying to do was post the actual text of the news story. I just cut and pasted. I felt sure that there would be something special you had to do here, but I was wrong.

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1 hour ago, Bonnie said:

Thanks, Bud and Jim. I hadn't made myself clear. What I was trying to do was post the actual text of the news story. I just cut and pasted. I felt sure that there would be something special you had to do here, but I was wrong.

Ah, OK.  This platform is one of the most difficult to navigate, at least for me.

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19 hours ago, Bonnie said:

Thanks, Bud and Jim. I hadn't made myself clear. What I was trying to do was post the actual text of the news story. I just cut and pasted. I felt sure that there would be something special you had to do here, but I was wrong.

Bonnie,

Now I think we are moving forward. It appears you are really wanting to know how to format a section of text as a "quotation", not make it into a hotlink.

At the top of the text entry box is a line of "tools" to help format text. That line of tools is called the "toolbar". By "format", I refer to making text "bold", or "center justified" [left justified is the default], or to change font or font size, insert ordered and bullet lists, etc., etc.

One of those tools is the "hotlink" tool that I thought from your original inquiry was what you were interested in. The hotlink tool is the icon that looks like a link in a chain and is normally the fourth tool from the left. To the immediate right of the hotlink tool is the "quoted text" tool. The icon for the quoted text is, surprisingly, a large quote character.

When you want to use the quoted text formatting, there are two ways you can go at it. One is to type in (or paste in?) the text (which can contain images or documents, etc.), then select that content with your mouse, and then finally clicking on the quote tool. The other approach is to put the cursor where you want to type in some quoted text, click on the quote tool, and then type in the content inside of the quoted text box.

I use the quote tool all the time when inputting news articles. I find that things work better if I type in (or paste in) the content first, then select it, then apply the quoted text tool.

Note: I find it difficult (at times impossible) to apply some of the tool bar formatting tools when using a tablet or mobile device. The touch screen characteristics are sometimes working at odds with each other. Never had a problem with any of the toolbar tools when using a regular computer with a mouse.

A little hint here: if you do not know what an icon in the toolbar does, simply hover your mouse over it. A tool tip will display telling you the purpose of that tool.

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Interesting, Bud. How does this differ from simply cutting out a news article and pasting it into CL? That seemed to have worked with the article I posted about the U.S./Panama soccer game (unless you formatted it later).

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4 minutes ago, Bonnie said:

Interesting, Bud. How does this differ from simply cutting out a news article and pasting it into CL? That seemed to have worked with the article I posted about the U.S./Panama soccer game (unless you formatted it later).

Both approaches will work. It is our experience (based on feedback) that users like to know what content is by the person doing the posting, and what content is being referred to or quoted. Kind of a different spin on full transparency.

I did not go in after the fact to edit your posting about the soccer game. I did add the word 'soccer' in the title for more clarity.

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