How to create links : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

Ron asked about this on another thread, so I thought I'd do this as a new thread in case anyone else is interested.

To copy a link, click on your "location" line so that it turns blue, then either use your "edit" feature to copy it or press control-c. As you go to post the link, write this:

(a of source(/a)

Place < and > where I have put the brackets. Once you have typed the "a href=" with spacing exactly as it is above, use your "edit" feature to paste the link you copied earlier or press control-v. Be sure to place "/" before the final "a" to "close your tag." If you don't, everything after it will turn blue and be part of the link as well.

Where I've written "name of source" above, you can write whatever you want.

When someone else has posted a link and you want to examine it, put your cursor on the link but do not click on it. With the cursor on the link, look at the information line at the bottom of your monitor--it will give you the details that the poster has taken from the location line from the link source.

If you are copying information from a news article, it is usually formatted already. Place your cursor at the beginning of the info to be copied and click once. Then, use the side bar to bring the marker to the end of the information you want to copy. Hold down the "shift" key and, placing the cursor at that point, click once. The entire piece of information should turn blue. Use edit/copy or control-c, then go to your posting page, click the cursor on it, and use edit/paste or click control-v.

If a paragraph is long and you want to break it into smaller, more readable portions, press "enter" twice at the end of a line.

Last, you won't become comfortable doing it if you don't practise it.

-- Rachel Gibson (, April 04, 2001


Thanks for the lesson! slza

-- slza (, April 04, 2001.

Thanks Rachel! Now if I just knew how to post pictures like those guys in the "Strange Electrical Loads Graph on Cal-ISO website" thread..................:)

-- Ron (Vanman) Trapnell (, April 04, 2001.

For images use this form:
<<>img src="""<>>

For hotlinks use this form:
<<>a href=""<>>Title of link<<>/a<>>

If your link is longer than the text window
and wordwraps, you will have to add your own
line breaks at the appropriate places in the

-- spider (, April 05, 2001.

That looks terrible with Opera as a browser.
How does that look with Netscape and IE?

-- spider (, April 05, 2001.

To link use this form:
<a href="">Link</a>
To insert an image use this form:
<img src="">

-- spider (, April 05, 2001.

Need more of this type of thing. I see articles but I don't know how to post.

-- David Williams (, April 05, 2001.

Be brave, David, and give it a try. Showing or linking the URL at least permits others to go see the article.

I often copy most or all of the article because so many links "die" after a brief or too-short period of time. This means the source does not archive its news, and the article will vanish totally if it is not copied elsewhere.

Good luck. :)

-- Rachel Gibson (, April 05, 2001.

Thank you spider.

If I read your Opera question right, (it was a question, right?) all 3 posts look the same to me in 640x480 or 600x800; short lines with maximum of 44 characters.

I'm running Netscape 4.08 under Windows 3.11.

Thanks again Rachel and spider!

-- Vanman (, April 05, 2001.

I usually copy only a small portion of the
article because of copyright considerations,
fair use exception notwithstanding.

-- spider (, April 06, 2001.

Yes, spider, I understand the copyright concerns. I remember the discussion way back, as you probably do, too, about them, and I concluded for myself that the connection to MIT made the use of greenspun's boards suitable for the copying of material for educational purposes.

However, lately I've moved to following your lead, posting only partial articles, for several reasons: the possible copyright concerns, the prevention of horrendously long threads, the avoidance of duplication within various articles. I'll still post the whole thing, though, if the content warrants it and if I fear the content will soon be lost through loss of archiving.

Just another reason for everyone to learn the basics of linking, eh? :)

-- Rachel Gibson (, April 06, 2001.

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