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General => Technical Help => Topic started by: trystan on Tuesday 28 February 06 22:24 GMT (UK)

Title: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: trystan on Tuesday 28 February 06 22:24 GMT (UK)
Shrinking Very Long Website Links

We've put together a little tool to shrink down very long website links. You can use the tool at:

www.rootschat.com/links (http://www.rootschat.com/links)

Example
For example the rather long cryptic link:
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/streetmap.dll?G2M?X=635500&Y=260500&A=Y&Z=3

Can be shrunken down to:
www.rootschat.com/links/02n/

Why bother?
You may wonder why bother shrinking down links? An advantage is that sometimes a very long link will make topics on RootsChat go very "wide". By shrinking it, the link will fit in your postings.
You can also use this utility for posting links to others in emails. Sometimes some email programs can break a very long website link in two.

Some people may have other sites/utilites that shrink links in a similar way. The difficulty is though is that when the links "break" we have no means of correcting them. We also don't know how long these site/utilities will work for. With the RootsChat Links tool, when a link does break, we can go in and try and fix them or work out why they no longer work.

Where can I use them?
You can use the RootsChat Links tool not just for links to post on RootsChat, but on other sites, in your emails, personal messages, or even in writing.

How do I use it?
To shrink a long link, go to:
www.rootschat.com/links

Put the long website link in the box and click "Shrink Link" - that's it.
A page will appear and tell you the shrunken link for the long one you put in.

(http://www.rootschat.com/forum/Images/rootschatlinks.jpg)
Shrink Button: You can also add a handy button to your "Links Toolbar" to automatically shrink links down whenever you are on a site. Details on how to set this up are on the www.rootschat.com/links page. Once you have set this up, just click the "RootsChat.com Links" button on your browser, and it will shrink it for you.

www.rootschat.com/links (http://www.rootschat.com/links)



Hope you find it useful. :)
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: MarieC on Wednesday 01 March 06 04:59 GMT (UK)
That's great Trystan - it will be really useful!!  ;D  ;D

Could you sticky it in the Common Room - please, pretty please??  Then we can all get to it if we need it, and newbies will see it too. 

Hopefully

MarieC
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: liverpool annie on Wednesday 01 March 06 05:53 GMT (UK)


Thanks Trystan!

I got rid of "Tiny" and changed to "Small" already!!  :P :P

Annie  :) :)
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Arranroots on Wednesday 01 March 06 08:08 GMT (UK)
This is a great idea!

I can't get the button onto my toolbar however - HELP!!

Using IE v6

Get stuck at the bit where it says "hit OK" - does this mean ENTER or ??  Nothing happens.  Can't have Tiny on toolbar either.

The weakest link is the operator!!

Arranroots  ;)
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: trystan on Wednesday 01 March 06 18:35 GMT (UK)
Arranroots,

I think it's "Yes" you need to press, not "OK" that it says in the instructions. What step have you got up to?

Trystan  ;)

Internet Explorer: Users who use Internet Explorer may find that, clicking and dragging of the 'javascript' link above does not work. Adding a button to Internet Explorer can be done by:
1) Right-Click the link (with your right mouse button) and select "Add to Favorites..." from the menu.
2) Click "OK" if a security warning appears (this shows up because the link uses javscript).
3) Now select the folder called "Links" and then click OK. You should now see the "RootsChat Links" on your links toolbar as a buttton, if not, see the last paragraph above.
PS If he folder called "Links" is not there, then click the "Create in >>>" button) and create one called "Links"
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Arranroots on Wednesday 01 March 06 18:39 GMT (UK)
Hi Trystan

Step (3)  - I highlight the folder to select it and then...

sorry to be dense, but couldn't get it to work!!  ::) :P

p.s. have just been using it successfully though!

Arranroots  ;)
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: trystan on Wednesday 01 March 06 18:48 GMT (UK)
Do you see something like below at all?

A "Links" thing to the right hand side of Internet Explorer?  You should be able to drag or move it it to reveal the buttons.

Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Lloydy on Wednesday 01 March 06 18:50 GMT (UK)
Very useful Trystan, thanks very much ;).....and I have successfully added it to my toolbar (amazing really ;D).

Jan
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Arranroots on Wednesday 01 March 06 19:34 GMT (UK)
Hurray!

After a bit of jiggling I got the LINKS toolbar to appear as shown above.

I could then drag the icon to that Toolbar as suggested.

Thanks for making it simple for me!!

A  ;)
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: trystan on Wednesday 01 March 06 19:38 GMT (UK)
Arranroots,

Whoohoo! Now for shrunken links!

Trystan
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Arranroots on Wednesday 01 March 06 20:04 GMT (UK)
 :D :D

http://www.rootschat.com/links/050/

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Wednesday 01 March 06 20:13 GMT (UK)
And a Happy Saint David's Day to you too  :)
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: 1000xlch on Monday 28 May 07 13:50 BST (UK)
Brilliant utility, will use it shortly!
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Rabbit B on Thursday 08 May 08 13:15 BST (UK)
Oh dear oh dear!

I am either very thick or completely stupid!

I have created a couple of files as directed, but have not got a toolbar anywhere that I can see!

Where have I gone wrong?  I have XP prof [but bad eyes]

How about, and this is too simple for words!  Putting one one the roostchat header to avoid all this!

Rabbit B   :-[
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Nick29 on Friday 23 May 08 10:07 BST (UK)
This doesn't seem to be a documented feature on this site, but you can put any wording you wish into a link by following the protocol used by many other forums.

So, the link to this page http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=134417.0;num_replies=13 can be condensed down to JUST THIS (http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=134417.0;num_replies=13) by altering the tags slightly........

The code change is {url=http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=134417.0;num_replies=13}JUST THIS{/url}

or to put it another way {url=http://www.site_link_here}Your desired text here{/url}

You must replace the curly brackets with square ones to make this work !  (If I'd used square ones, you would not have seen them !)

Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Friday 23 May 08 11:31 BST (UK)
Quote
This doesn't seem to be a documented feature on this site

Topic: RootsChat Topics: How to use RootsChat / FAQs
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,207046.0.html
more specifically:
Topic: Post too W--I--D--E!
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,111822.0.html


Bob
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Rabbit B on Friday 23 May 08 11:47 BST (UK)
Hi Bob,

I have spent the last 10 minutes trying to follow the instructions re shinking that link!  AGAIN!  Lost count of the number of times I have tried to make it work!

Yes it does it work, but I have to copy and paste it afterwards.  I cannot get anything on my toolbar at all! Try as I might!

I now have shinking links in my favourites in at least three places!  Please just put the icon on the rootschat page and put idiots like me out of our misery!

Thanks!  Fingers Crossed!  You lot are too clever for me!

Rabbit B  :-\
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Berlin-Bob on Friday 23 May 08 16:45 BST (UK)
There is a link at the bottom of every RootsChat page

[Copyright]  [Free RootsChat Webspace] [Your Surname Interests] [Shrink Link] (http://www.rootschat.com/links/) [About Us]  [Terms of Use]

So you don't need it in your toolbar, as long as you are in RootsChat  :)

Bob
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Rabbit B on Friday 23 May 08 17:59 BST (UK)
Hi Bob,
 
What a dumbo I am, my eyes are definately not up to this these days!  I did not see that!  :-[ :-[

Thanks so much!

Rabbit B  :-[
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: evie on Tuesday 09 December 08 19:27 GMT (UK)
Hi All

Why is it that sometimes I can shrink a link copy it and paste it onto a reply and then other times it won't let me paste the link? The copyright warning box appears.

Am I doing something wrong?

Evie
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Arranroots on Tuesday 09 December 08 21:33 GMT (UK)
Hi Evie

You can't paste onto Look-Up boards: this is to prevent posting of copyright material.

You can use the Control+V command to post instead though.

Kind regards, Arranroots  ;)
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: evie on Tuesday 09 December 08 22:08 GMT (UK)
Thanks Arranroots :)

Evie
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: indiapaleale on Tuesday 09 December 08 22:29 GMT (UK)
YEA!
I ain't as dumb as I look!
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Rabbit B on Tuesday 09 December 08 22:53 GMT (UK)

Arranroots  ;)


Please excuse me Arranroots for coming straight to the horse's mouth, but whenever I try to shrink a long website and copy it to paste in the shorten bit.  That works just fine   8)

However, when I try to copy the shortened one, I seem to copy more than I need, is this because I am not doing it properly? Or because I am not handling my mouse correctly?

I would love to know why this happens. I am always having to delete the bits I don't want, sometimes they creep in after I have posted, because I have not noticed them  :-[

Rabbit B  :-[
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Arranroots on Thursday 11 December 08 12:55 GMT (UK)
Hi Rabbit

I don;t know!  (sorry!)  :-[

Perhaps Bob can assist?

Kind regards, Arranroots  ;)
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Rabbit B on Thursday 11 December 08 13:19 GMT (UK)
Hi Rabbit

I don;t know!  (sorry!)  :-[

Perhaps Bob can assist?

Kind regards, Arranroots  ;)


Hi Arranroots,

Thank you for your reply which is very much appreciated.

I will wait to see if I hear from Bob, if not I will send him a PM.

Thanks again.

Rabbit B  :)

Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Family Tree Maker on Saturday 30 January 10 14:54 GMT (UK)
Thanks for that - cool service - I know there's sites out there that do it but they end up making the link not look relavent.
Title: Re: Shrinking Very Long Website Links
Post by: Rabbit B on Sunday 31 January 10 11:48 GMT (UK)
Thanks for that - cool service - I know there's sites out there that do it but they end up making the link not look relavent.

Hi Family Tree Maker,

Welcome to Rootschat. ;D

If you check the links before posting them, which you can do via the preview,  you will see that you have the right one.

Rabbit B  :)