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    figuerres

    A recent post has a LINK to a download of a file.
    but the way the link is shown I can not see where it is. I can only click and take the file.
    user entered URL's should show the URL or have a way to "View" it

    in the old c9 I could select to reply and I got the text of the post in source form to check if I needed to.

    I do not see any way to do this now.

    this means a user could post a link saying it was some usefull thing but really give a link to a virus / trojan etc...

    links should perhaps show like [http://www.somewhere.org/foo/bar/bin/bas.html] link to my cool page
    for example.

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    Human​Compiler

    It wouldn't really matter.  All links for sandbox posts point to the file once it's been replicated to limelight (our CDN).  Users can not enter their own url.

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    figuerres

    HumanCompiler said:
    It wouldn't really matter.  All links for sandbox posts point to the file once it's been replicated to limelight (our CDN).  Users can not enter their own url.
    No this was not a "sandbox" thing. it was a post about SIlverlight , I think it was to a MSFT download site.

    thread is here:
    http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Coffeehouse/408220-Silverlight-2-Beta-2-Launches/

    niner posted at 7:09am on the 8th with a "here" link that just opend the download bindly.

    he later posted the URL in a readable format.

    but till he did I could not find any way to "read" the url w/o jumping thru hoops.

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    Human​Compiler

    figuerres said:
    HumanCompiler said:
    *snip*
    No this was not a "sandbox" thing. it was a post about SIlverlight , I think it was to a MSFT download site.

    thread is here:
    http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Coffeehouse/408220-Silverlight-2-Beta-2-Launches/

    niner posted at 7:09am on the 8th with a "here" link that just opend the download bindly.

    he later posted the URL in a readable format.

    but till he did I could not find any way to "read" the url w/o jumping thru hoops.
    Maybe I just don't understand what you're asking about, but any link someone enters is no different than any other link anywhere else on the web.  Each browser has its own way to "see" the link.  Most browsers (IE and FF) show the url of the link when you roll over it in the status bar at the bottom.  Again, maybe I don't know what you're talking about, but allowing people to turn any text into a link is appropriate.

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    Duncanma

    figuerres said:
    HumanCompiler said:
    *snip*
    No this was not a "sandbox" thing. it was a post about SIlverlight , I think it was to a MSFT download site.

    thread is here:
    http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Coffeehouse/408220-Silverlight-2-Beta-2-Launches/

    niner posted at 7:09am on the 8th with a "here" link that just opend the download bindly.

    he later posted the URL in a readable format.

    but till he did I could not find any way to "read" the url w/o jumping thru hoops.
    Went and took a look at that URL (http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Coffeehouse/408220-Silverlight-2-Beta-2-Launches/#CommentID=408434), and I see what link you mean... but in both IE and FF the following were true...
    • when I hovered over, the status bar changed to the link and
    • when I right-clicked and selected properties both browsers showed me the link in a dialog.
    Sure we could make it easier, but both of those methods seem quicker and easier than selecting 'reply' in the old C9, and then viewing the HTML source of the post...

    Of course, people shouldn't do that... put a href around a word like 'here', but everyone seems to do it from time to time... and with things like tinyurl it is getting so that just seeing the URL doesn't always tell you that much anyway. I don't think auto-expanding everyone's links is a great option.

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    Human​Compiler

    Duncanma said:
    figuerres said:
    *snip*
    Went and took a look at that URL (http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Coffeehouse/408220-Silverlight-2-Beta-2-Launches/#CommentID=408434), and I see what link you mean... but in both IE and FF the following were true...
    • when I hovered over, the status bar changed to the link and
    • when I right-clicked and selected properties both browsers showed me the link in a dialog.
    Sure we could make it easier, but both of those methods seem quicker and easier than selecting 'reply' in the old C9, and then viewing the HTML source of the post...

    Of course, people shouldn't do that... put a href around a word like 'here', but everyone seems to do it from time to time... and with things like tinyurl it is getting so that just seeing the URL doesn't always tell you that much anyway. I don't think auto-expanding everyone's links is a great option.
    I don't understand.  What's wrong with setting the text of an anchor to not be the url?  What's wrong with my post here?

    http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Coffeehouse/408806-what-counts/#CommentID=409191

    It's very readable and if anyone cares what the url is they can roll over it in their browser.

    /me confused.

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    figuerres

    HumanCompiler said:
    Duncanma said:
    *snip*
    I don't understand.  What's wrong with setting the text of an anchor to not be the url?  What's wrong with my post here?

    http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Coffeehouse/408806-what-counts/#CommentID=409191

    It's very readable and if anyone cares what the url is they can roll over it in their browser.

    /me confused.

    ok here:

    request:  to be able to view the "source" of a post so that links , formatting etc... are readable.

    why: someitmes the OP has written somnething you may want to copy into a reply or you may want to see what they are linking to.

    in c9 V3 this was very easy to do. in V4 I can not see any simple button that does this.

    also perhaps make the alt-text or title-text of a link show the target URL ?

     

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