For most of us there is the <a> button on our editing screens. When clicking on that we get a pop-up screen that allows us to enter a URL no matter how long. The next screen will ask for a “title of the link” and we enter the descriptive terms.
Another way of doing this is to highlight the descriptive term and then hit the <a> button. The second pop-up window will have the highlighted string as the descriptive term and you just accept it.
what about other browsers?
I didn’t in any way understand Faldage’s approach.
It is possible to use Metamark’s service here. Go to their website, pop in the long url and post it as I have posted samclem’s below:
That may be a work-around for those whose browsers don’t support these options here. I dunno