What follows was originally posted a month back, but you all need a refresher course. If you want to put links in the comments section of a post, and I encourage you to do so should you have relevant information to add, please make sure you follow the procedure detailed below.
One of my pet peeves is when you all put hyperlinks in the comments section, but do not embed them. Sometimes, this is not a problem, but other times, the link is so long that it can, in essence, break the comments section for some users. Since I wanted to play around with screen captures and Photoshop, I figured I would make this quick tutorial for you, which appears below the fold. If you do not know how to embed your hyperlinks, please check it out.
The following is what your hyperlinks in the comments section SHOULD look like:
Good patriots embed their links so that loose urls do not get in the hands of the terrorists.
The following (with the names blurred to protect the guilty) is what it should NOT look like:
Clearly, this commenter is working with the terrorists.
While that link is not quite long enough to “break” the comments section, you get the idea. We want the links embedded, much as they appear EVERYWHERE ELSE ON THE INTERTRON. In fact, the comments even have a handy tool to do just that with relative ease.
Below is a “virgin” comment box. As it is, there is just the box for you to type your comment, and nothing else. However, if you will notice, there appears to be a cryptic button in the upper left corner of the comment box with a RED ARROW pointing to it.
*** CAUTION *** This is just a simulation. Red arrow is not present in actual comment boxes.
Click on that button, and you will see the following:
Do the wonders of the intertron ever cease? Clicking on that button made a bunch more buttons magically appear.
As you can see, there are now a number of formatting options available to you in your comment box. Time to start entering our comment.
You can actually write anything you want there, but I wanted to display my allegiance to the fifth column folks at NPR.
Once your comment is entered, highlight it.
Once you have your comment highlighted, as illustrated above, look at the bar filled with formatting options and click on the “Link” button.
True patriots click when they are told.
Once you have clicked on the link button with your text highlighted, a window will appear. This does not always look the same in every browser, but they are remarkably similar. Here is what it looks like in Firefox.
I wonder if that ‘http://’ is a hint?
In the area provided for you to enter text, enter the url of the hyperlink you wish to share with all of us.
Cut and paste your link here, foolio. Or just type it in manually, if you so desire.
Once you have done that, click ok. As you will soon observe, your comment now appears to have a bunch of formatting. Don’t panic. That is a good thing. It should look like this:
ZOMG look at all that hypertechnical formatting! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together – mass hysteria.
Once you are done with your comment, click on “Submit Comment” and you should then see the following, complete with a perfectly embedded hyperlink.
As the cheese eating surrender monkeys would say, “VOILA!”
See! That wasn’t too hard. Be a good Bundes, use your training, and embed your links.
Or the terrorists win.