Because I'm more interested in the code behind this board than the messages that invariably end up on it (heh), I can now announce a few changes to one of the things that's been bothering me the most that I can easily change: the way hyperlinks show up (or don't).
I've put in a slice of code I've stolen from the PHP site that tries as best it can to automagically glean hyperlinks for those of you who don't know HTML, converting the Plaintext into something you can click on. Here's an example (which I sure hope works) - www.vanillacoke.com - just don't put any punctuation on the end like I tried to before I edited... Supposedly it'll grab links that start with http or hostnames starting with www - I think FTP links will work as well??
Those of you who are a little more savvy can use the new, improved [link] codes. The default is still to provide your link as the hypertext "Click Here" - I'm pleased to say that if you're not big on "Click Here," you can now use ANY text for your hyperlink! Just include between the brackets your text, thusly:
[link This is some cool new thing]http://wienerboard.com/[/link]
As you can also see, I put in some code to tell you where you're clicking so you guys at work aren't caught off guard. I lifted THIS concept from the fine folks at Slashdot (slashdot.org), and as you can see I'm really addicted to linking things now that I've done this. Fear for your eyes. :)
I'll try to remember to put most of this in the FAQ later. (We have a FAQ? (wienerboard.com) - oops I did it again)
So does the external website name appear only when using the new linkification technique, or does it apply to people using the [link] tab? Granted I haven't been looking, but these new links aren't retroactive, are they? I'm guessing that since Ex's sig has no (weinerboard.com) then it does not apply to self made links? And now that you've implemented the links /. style, does this mean we are a short time away from goatse.cx links?
At least the "In Soviet Russia" jokes seem to have subsided...
Originally posted by CRZwww.vanillacoke.com - just don't put any punctuation on the end like I tried to before I edited...
But ... that's not right! If you are going to the main page of a website i.e. www.something.com (apparently that'll be a link now), you're supposed to put a / after it. And now people won't be doing that, and it's all Microsoft's fault! First you didn't need to put the /, then you didn't need to put the http:// , soon Microsoft's browsers won't let you type in anything. You'll have to get around by clicking on links all the time! And then the world will end!
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I learn every time I post a thread more about what is and isn't acceptable on this board. I believe that this is an interesting subject and it would be informative to talk about it in greater detail. For example the last two threads I posted.