Avoiding broken long URLs; was: Re: The Top 10 Best Technical Documentation Sites of 2010

Subject: Avoiding broken long URLs; was: Re: The Top 10 Best Technical Documentation Sites of 2010
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com, Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 09:40:46 +0300

In most cases, if you surround a long URL with angle brackets (<>),
even when an email program tries to break the URL it remains
clickable for readers.

A few sites I've seen may throw away the URL entirely rather than
display it, but that has never been a problem with email readers that
I have observed. Thus, it remains good practice for posting long URLs
to a mail list such as this one, I believe.

David

On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 09:00, <techwr-l-request -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> wrote:
> From: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- gmail -dot- com>
> To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 16:33:46 -0400
> Subject: Re: The Top 10 Best Technical Documentation Sites of 2010
> On Jul 1, 2010, at 4:09 PM, Combs, Richard wrote:
>
>> Good advice. But there's a solution for the shortened-link problem. Go to www.longurlplease.com/ and grab either the Firefox extension or the bookmarklet. The latter should work in most browsers.
>>
>> I learned about Long URL Please from a Maximum PC article, which describes 31 other bookmarklets that you might find useful and/or cool. Check it out: http://www.maximumpc.com/bookmarklets
>
> Thanks, Richard. That looks like a great extension to get around my original objection...
>
> I still dislike shortened URLs. If a longer link is broken by an email program, it's a bug, and shorter URL services are just workarounds until either the sender's or recipient's email software is fixed. I have some sympathy for the "they're ugly" school of thought, but I'll take informative URLs over attractive ones with mystery destinations any day. But if this extension works out, I guess I don't have to care anymore.
>
> Thanks,
> Mike
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