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RootsChat Links
« on: Saturday 22 March 08 13:39 GMT (UK) »
I know there is  a RootsChat Links by which we can "shrink" links that are too long, but I can't work out how to use it.  Whenever I try by highlighting a link in a reply I am making, all it seems to do is shrink the webpage of the posting, rather than shrinking the link I am trying to quote.

What am I doing wrong?

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Re: RootsChat Links
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 22 March 08 14:03 GMT (UK) »
Lizzie

This is what I do:

1) Highlight and copy the link you want to shrink

2) Go to the bottom of this page and click on 'shrink link'

3) Paste your long link into the window and click 'shrink link'

4) A new page will come up, with your old 'long link' and your new 'short link'

5) Right click on the short link and click on 'copy shortcut'

6) Paste the short link into your message.

Sounds longwinded but takes about 30 seconds.

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Re: RootsChat Links
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 22 March 08 14:21 GMT (UK) »
There is an easier way .... use the url tags ... third symbol from left on bottom row above smileys

Code: [Select]
[url] very long link] use text to define your link [/url]


gives you

use text to define your link 
- in this case it's The Virtual Mitchell Library

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Re: RootsChat Links
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 22 March 08 14:33 GMT (UK) »
Oh that's great thanks.  I'll go back and try to modify a long link I've just posted.

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Re: RootsChat Links
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 22 March 08 14:45 GMT (UK) »
It didn't work too well as the link I had was way too long, so I went back to the basic website, and searched for the page I wanted and that way got a much shorter link, which I've now posted.

I'll try again when I have a long (but not too long) link.

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« Reply #5 on: Saturday 22 March 08 14:58 GMT (UK) »
I think it should work with any length of link.
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Re: RootsChat Links
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 22 March 08 15:00 GMT (UK) »
If you are using the url tag method you need to remember the first tag opens with
[
and then
url=
followed by the link
and then
]

The text after this becomes your highlighted link and you then close the url with
[/url]

BUT you won't see anything until you post the message and the computer does the rest and converts your long url to the highlighted link

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« Reply #7 on: Saturday 22 March 08 15:03 GMT (UK) »
Falkyrn

Sorry to be a pain, but I can't begin to understand your method - please can you explain in words of one syllable for an oldie. And if it's so easy, why is there a shrink link facility?

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Re: RootsChat Links
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 22 March 08 15:15 GMT (UK) »
Hi Jennifer,

there are two topics here, that I always quote when I shrink others peopls' links


Moderator Comment: URL modified, as it was 'stretching' the screen
See tips here, to avoid this:

Topic: Shrinking Very Long Website Links / Topic: Post too W--I--D--E!


Hope this helps,
Bob
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