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'Quoting URLs in postings'
1997\05\16@042226 by Tim Forcer

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Please could anyone intending to tell us about interesting web sites forget
proper grammar at the time they do it.  That means NOT putting a comma, stop
or any character other than a SPACE immediately after the URL.  URLs with
stops (etc) at the end are perfectly legal, and your browser won't know that
they were simply quoted as part of a grammatically correct sentence.
Several times I've tried sites and got "unable to locate..." messages, only
to realise I'd picked up a trailing comma.  Example from yesterday is that
the first time the PCB quote service was mentioned it looked like this:

" http://www.pcb-quote.com, "

which doesn't work.

Later, it got modified to

" http://www.pcb-quote.com , "

which does.

Tim Forcer               spam_OUTtmfTakeThisOuTspamecs.soton.ac.uk
Department of Electronics & Computer Science
The University of Southampton, UK

The University is not responsible for my opinions

1997\05\16@133639 by Reginald Neale

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Tim Forcer said:

>Please could anyone intending to tell us about interesting web sites forget
>proper grammar at the time they do it.  That means NOT putting a comma, stop
>or any character other than a SPACE immediately after the URL.  URLs with
>stops (etc) at the end are perfectly legal, and your browser won't know that
>they were simply quoted as part of a grammatically correct sentence.
>Several times I've tried sites and got "unable to locate..." messages, only
>to realise I'd picked up a trailing comma.  Example from yesterday is that
>the first time the PCB quote service was mentioned it looked like this:
>
>" http://www.pcb-quote.com, "
>
>which doesn't work.
>
>Later, it got modified to
>
>" http://www.pcb-quote.com , "
>
>which does.

Good point, Tim. I was the guilty party. Your suggestion is a lot easier
than enclosing a URL in asterisks and including a disclaimer to omit them
when attempting access. Will most browsers interpret the
set-it-off-with-a-blank-space properly?

Reg Neale

1997\05\16@141202 by Gerhard Fiedler

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At 09:17 16/05/97 +0100, Tim Forcer wrote:
>Please could anyone intending to tell us about interesting web sites forget
>proper grammar at the time they do it.  That means NOT putting a comma, stop
>or any character other than a SPACE immediately after the URL.

Of course you're _completely_ right, ...

>" http://www.pcb-quote.com, "

... but _if_ you find something like this, just mark the _relevant_
portion, copy it (to the clipboard), go to your browser and insert it in
the URL line. A mouse drag and two keystrokes more, but that's really all
(well, _some_ more thinking is involved :-)

1997\05\16@150142 by Doug Smith

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> >Please could anyone intending to tell us about interesting web sites forget
> >proper grammar at the time they do it.  That means NOT putting a comma, stop
> >or any character other than a SPACE immediately after the URL.  URLs with
> >stops (etc) at the end are perfectly legal, and your browser won't know that
> >they were simply quoted as part of a grammatically correct sentence.
> >Several times I've tried sites and got "unable to locate..." messages, only
> >to realise I'd picked up a trailing comma.  Example from yesterday is that
> >the first time the PCB quote service was mentioned it looked like this:
> >
> >" http://www.pcb-quote.com, "
> >
> >which doesn't work.
>
> Good point, Tim. I was the guilty party. Your suggestion is a lot easier
> than enclosing a URL in asterisks and including a disclaimer to omit them
> when attempting access. Will most browsers interpret the
> set-it-off-with-a-blank-space properly?

I believe the proper method would be to enclose the URL in angle
brackets (greater than/less than signs) like this <http://www.pcb-quote.com>.
Most browsers, emailers, and other software will interpret this
correctly, even over multiple lines.

--
Doug Smith, SGA * Loves Park, IL * .....dougsKILLspamspam@spam@sga.org

1997\05\16@160626 by Andy Kunz

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At 01:34 PM 5/16/97 -0400, you wrote:
>>the first time the PCB quote service was mentioned it looked like this:
>>
>>" http://www.pcb-quote.com, "
>>
>>which doesn't work.

I'm using EUDORA LIGHT v3.x and IT DOES WORK.

Why don't you upgrade to a /real/ mail program <G>

Andy

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