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« on: September 04, 2005, 01:57:37 PM »

Isn't there some way to automatically highlight embedded url links?  They just come out as regular text, with no way to know that they link to another web page, unless specifically described as such.  I usually underline mine or "change color".  Otherwise, one would never know it is a link and not just a regular word in the message.
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2005, 10:58:21 PM »

Isn't there some way to automatically highlight embedded url links?  They just come out as regular text, with no way to know that they link to another web page, unless specifically described as such.  I usually underline mine or "change color".  Otherwise, one would never know it is a link and not just a regular word in the message.

Yes and No Don.
Gary and I were discussing this the other day. And if you're not careful, you can run into the same problem I had posting a link in color on the Couplates thread. Unlike the old board where color = worked fine with URLs, the module on the new board controlling this function seems to have a problem. Gary is looking into it.

Example:
The "normal" way:
Radio conditions indicated by NOAA, http://www.sec.noaa.gov/ seems to be great today.

Note: You can also highlight the complete url string and then click "B" for bold. Not a color but it's darker and stands out.
http://www.sec.noaa.gov/
 
What you would like to do; make the string a color:
Radio conditions indicated by NOAA, ] http://www.sec.noaa.gov/ seems to be great today.
An extra "]" and  "/color" wind up appearing as part of the link causing the color=red (what I indicated) not to appear. I didn't write the post to do this, but when you preview it or post it, it gives you this extra junk and in most cases causes the url to fail.

you have to go back and edit your post to remove the extra characters:
http://www.sec.noaa.gov/

So, the way to do it as you are writing your post and not have to diddle with extra brackets or commands  is as follows:
url=http://whatever the complete URL is][color= ]Give it a name or rewrite the url again[/color][/url] NOTE: I left off the "[" at the beginning of this url string to keep the url from activating. When typing, make sure you include it.
Taking the noaa.gov url and writing it as indicated, gives you this:
NOAA's Radio Conditions
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