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Fri Sep 1, 2017, 01:57 PM

For those of you who get frustrated by "broken links" on DU.....

Last edited Sun Nov 12, 2017, 02:15 PM - Edit history (5)

Here is a quick lesson on how to cure this. Make7 is the real expert

Broken link = http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/a-dennyís-joke-on-twitter-about-non-tippers-has-backfired-spectacularly/ar-AAr3HiH?ocid=spartandhp

Notice how after the letter "y" in the link, the clickable part stops? That's because the DU software cannot render an apostrophe (') correctly in a link. The HTML code for apostrophe is ' found here at http://www.theasciicode.com.ar/ascii-printable-characters/single-quote-apostrophe-ascii-code-39.html

So, to fix the broken link example, you delete the apostrophe in the link and insert the HTML code in its exact place. That turns the broken link into this:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/a-denny's-joke-on-twitter-about-non-tippers-has-backfired-spectacularly/ar-AAr3HiH?ocid=spartandhp

Yes, it's a bit of work but it makes it easier for the reader. Instead of having to copy and paste the entire link into a new browser window, they can just click the link as usual.

Hope this helps a few. As I said, Make7 is the real expert, if he still comes here.

eta: You can also use the HTML code &#39 Apparently both codes can be used.

eta2: Better reference table here

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