wraps on long urls
Posted: 12 January 2017 06:20 PM   [ Ignore ]
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My computer crashed recently and I had to read posts as a “guest” in Google browser and IE (or whatever it is called now). When folks dump long urls in a post (without using the<a> function or a url shortening function) it stretches my browsers so that I have to move the page back in forth to read it. I just signed up for Firefox which I had used forever and it handles these long urls well. Still, I wish folks would use the <a> function.

Also, I was not able to sign in until I got Firefox and it remembered my ID and password! Saved! I had tried several times to sign in in chrome and IE to no avail.

Not sure what went wrong.

[ Edited: 12 January 2017 08:32 PM by Oecolampadius ]
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Posted: 13 January 2017 06:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I am confirmed in my old-fogey determination to keep using Firefox until they pry it from my gnarled fingers.

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Posted: 13 January 2017 08:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yes, for all Chrome’s vaunted speed I’m so habituated to Firefox (and happy with it) that I won’t be changing any time soon, or in fact any time at all.

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Posted: 15 January 2017 09:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Firefox rocks!  Unless it is the iOS version, which omits nearly everything that makes the OS X version so good.

Test of the <a> function:

Plain text - http://www.thingsyouneverknew.com/product/whoopee+cushion.do?sortby=nameDescend&refType=

Using the <a> - Something from the Johnson Smith catalogue

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Posted: 15 January 2017 12:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Those produce identical results.  Further testing:

Logophile’s long URL (copied from Oeco’s quoting):
https://books.google.com/books?id=v1U7XGXmJtAC&pg=PA12&dq=The+history+of+the+&#x22;Whoopee+Cushion&#x22;&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjNuZaGtbvRAhXpq1QKHTtqBFgQ6AEILzAE#v=onepage&q=The%20history%20of%20the%20&#x22;Whoopee%20Cushion&#x22;&f=false

Same URL, using the <a> function:
URL

Using the bitly URL-shortening service:
http://bit.ly/2jTSOYS

Edit: Interesting.  In this case, the <a> function is an almost complete fail, taking one to the Googlebooks “home page” for the book, but not to the specific page referred to by Logophile.  The bitly link presents short excerpts of 5 pages, only one of which contains “Whoopee cushion” in the displayed text (and that, is, indeed an excerpt from the page Logophile referenced).

Personally, I would prefer a long URL that takes the reader to the place intended, than a shortened one that doesn’t.

[ Edited: 15 January 2017 12:28 PM by Dr. Techie ]
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Posted: 15 January 2017 07:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Personally, I would prefer a long URL that takes the reader to the place intended, than a shortened one that doesn’t.

Well, done Doctor! I noticed this when I tried to post alternatives using the <a> function but saw that it didn’t take me where I wanted to go, so lazily, I alternated with the bit.ly device.

It shows a real short fail in the <a> function. I wonder what the difference is.

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Posted: 21 January 2017 07:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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OP Tipping’s recent post in the “Marys” thread reminded me that there’s another, earlier URL-shortening service, so here is http://tinyurl.com/hahhsq4

Edit: same result as bit.ly

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