Diabetes India

Using links or transferring them to other web sites/pages

Earlier another user copied a link from my reply & pasted in his continuation response with good intention. The pasted link did not work.

In some of my replies links to other pages are given to avoid duplication & to keep reply short. Many readers are feared to be not using links, probably due to their unfamiliarity.

Here the attempt is to clarify some related points. Those who are conversant with using links may kindly ignore this post.

Different links will have different number of characters; most of the links I give have 50 to 150 characters. Most of the web designers standardise or limit the space or number of characters used to display a link. This is done by taking first 25 - 30 characters of the link text and representing the rest by ellipsis ( ... ) and using it as the display text and embedding the actual full link in the background using the HTML or other appropriate feature.

For example the links to these three pages




when prefixed with the web-reference htt....www. will appear as appropedia.org/Diabetes... the blue colour indicating that this is a link. If these 27 characters (or including ... 30 characters) are copied & pasted either in the address bar of a browser window or in another page, article or reply, it will look like a link due to the blue colour but will not work due to the absence information in the background.

In order to overcome this problem, do as follows:-

Move the mouse cursor (usually arrow symbol) on to the link at the original place; then arrow will change to hand symbol indicating that it is a link. Then you can take one of the two routes given below.

1. Click the LEFT (usual) button of the mouse. The destination page will open up on the existing window; simultaneously a left arrow will appear at the left end of the address bar. Now select & copy the full address from the address bar & move back to the previous page (using the left arrow) & paste it there & submit by clicking REPLY or UPDATE button. Then the link will work in the new place.

2. Click the RIGHT (not usual) button of the mouse. Then a small pop-down window will open & show some (7 or so) options. The top two options are useful for us now.

2a. Clicking the first one (Open Link in New Tab) will open the destination page in a new tab & the tab indicator will appear above the address bar. Click the tab indicator/button to maximise the page & continue as above. When done (finished) the window can either be minimised (to tab) or closed.

2b. Clicking the second one (Open Link in New Window) will open the destination page in a new window; then continue above. When done (finished), the window can either be minimised (to task bar at bottom of the screen) or closed.

Sometimes 1. & 2a. will give same result.

To minimise click the minus (-) & to close click cancel (x) buttons at top right corner.