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Tech: Blickyfier

FreddyHeadey 11 Apr 18 - 08:50 AM
GUEST 11 Apr 18 - 09:14 AM
Mr Red 11 Apr 18 - 10:05 AM
FreddyHeadey 11 Apr 18 - 10:05 AM
Acme 11 Apr 18 - 10:33 AM
GUEST 11 Apr 18 - 10:43 AM
DaveRo 11 Apr 18 - 01:12 PM
Joe Offer 11 Apr 18 - 01:24 PM
Jeri 11 Apr 18 - 04:05 PM
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Subject: Tech: Blickyfier
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 08:50 AM

to Mod @
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7119&messages=91#3916023
... The Blickifier works fine, but somehow, you got an extra "/" added to the address. --Mod

fwiw
From my android tablet the blickyfier is ok on other links
but when I use it for a Mudcat link
if I paste
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7119&messages=91#3916023
it strips out the
https:/ (one slash)
& produces the link
/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7119&messages=91#3916023 

To get blickyfier to work for Mudcat links I type
http:/
then paste the URL
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7119&messages=91#3916023
create link
=
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7119&messages=91#3916023 


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 09:14 AM

Looks like a bug to me. It works as I would expect it to with an "internal" http link, ie.

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7119

will get shortened to

thread.cfm?threadid=7119

but https seems to shorten things in the wrong place.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: Mr Red
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 10:05 AM

seen this before. DaveRo reckons "http://" protocol syntax treats "//" as "/".
Fail safe.
Ignore.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 10:05 AM

Thanks.
So it's the 's' I need to remove.
I've been making it more complicated than required.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: Acme
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 10:33 AM

The "s" is a good thing to have in there as a general rule, but I think for now it doesn't work completely at mudcat. I use it as a standard part of URLs in most of my Internet connections.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 10:43 AM

Yep, Acme, secure connections have become more common and are safer.

The Mudcat "link creator" makes relative links for its own pages though.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: DaveRo
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 01:12 PM

Mr Red wrote: DaveRo reckons "http://" protocol syntax treats "//" as "/".
Er, no. I think we concluded in this thread that the double-slash in the middle of the path makes no difference.

The problem with CJB's recent link in this_thread was the /mudcat.org at the beginning, not the double slash in the middle. (It works now because it was changed again after my post.)

I use my addon for Firefox and Chrome generates links with one click or tap. And unlike the blickifier it works with URLs of unlimited length.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 01:24 PM

I imagine Max will get around to fixing the blickifier sooner or later, but he's still tweaking the main operation of things. When you overhaul a car, it's best to make sure the powertrain is working perfectly, before you spend much time on the accessories.

But in the meantime, instead of trying to make the blickifier work, why not just learn how to make links directly? Except for testing, I have never used the blickifier because it's quicker for me to make my own links. It really isn't hard.

Here's my standard explanation. All you really need is what's in the box:


<a href="http://mudcat.org">Click here</a>


(there's discussion above of "internal links," but that's a further step and they are not absolutely necessary. Learn standard links first, and the rest will come easy.)


<a href="mailto:joe@mudcat.org">Click to e-mail</a>
(I find little value in email links like this because they don't work with the Web-based email that a whole lot of people use)


If you're posting links at Mudcat, the quotation marks are optional. I prefer not to use them, because they complicate the task of making links. Simple is better, I think. Fewer misteaks.


To explain the colors:

  • The black part is the standard, required part of every link.
  • The red part is the Target URL (address) where you want the link to take people to. Unless the URL leads to another page on the current Website, it must include the full address that's in the address bar of your browser, including the http://. This may be enclosed in quotation marks, but the quotation marks are optional.
  • The blue part is the reference text (that's what the "ref" refers to). This word can be anything, or it can be the target URL repeated, if that adds to clarity.


I find it's best to open a new browser window [CTRL-N] and navigate your way to the site you want to link to. Highlight and copy [CTRL-C] the URL (address) of the site, and then go back to your Mudcat message and paste [CTRL-V] the URL into your link. Be sure to include the http:// in that URL. The quotation marks are standard procedure, but most links work just fine without quotation marks.

You'll notice that we moderators often change URLs posted in messages into clickable links. We don't do it in the case of URLs that we don't consider completely safe.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 04:05 PM

Except, lose the "www", I believe.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: Acme
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 05:05 PM

Yeah, the www just breaks any link to mudcat.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Blickyfier
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Apr 18 - 05:21 PM

Oh, I didn't know the www removal was universal now. If I type www.mudcat.org, my Chrome browser goes to mudcat.org without the www - but it works.
I'll remove the www from the example.
-Joe-


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