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Documentation on special outside links?

by Dog and Pony (Priest)
on Apr 25, 2002 at 12:21 UTC ( #161927=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

From the small changes request department:

It would be very nice if Linking offsite in the site how to had some information on what special outside links are available in the form [place://words], like [isbn://] and [perldoc://], and where they go.

I have heard people talking about [jargon://] linking earlier, but today when I tried it, I found out that it didn't go to the place I expected, but rather some science place. It is probably all good and well, apart from the fact that they didn't have any matches for my linked word in the chatter box. :) Personally, I think the Jargon file would be appropriate to link to, but I am sure there is a reason. :)

While I was previewing this post, I was tryig some links, and found out that it is possible to link to [google://] this way, but I found no way to go to for instance, which would a be a natural choice here, wouldn't it? I don't say there isn't a way, I say that I didn't find one.

So it would be real nice to have a list available, it would also making suggestions for more places that are easy to link to in a coherent way easier, when you know what is already available.

Could someone that has been around a bit more here give me some more examples of links that are possible to do while waiting for the docs to (hopefully) get updated?

Thanks :)

And yes, it has probably been brought up a million times, but the new Super Search and the Google link on it both came up emptyhanded on the searches I tried. So feel free to choke me with links, but know I did at least try :) And it was something I thought needed a fix.

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Re: Documentation on special outside links?
by footpad (Abbot) on Apr 25, 2002 at 13:54 UTC

    Well, you're right. This has been discussed previously. Other random points:

    • [jargon://] points to the University of Amsterdam is because, at the time, I was working for a place using a web filter that blocked as a "hacker" site. It was therefore not available to me--or anyone else who (for whatever reason) was using that web filter. (BTW, it's common to find such filters in place through business connections).

      The University's site was available through the filter, had been recently updated with the "official" version of the Jargon File, was reasonably responsive, and also contains some other interesting reference material--in English.1

    • The reason there's no [e2://] tag is simple. No one's suggested it before; at least not AFAIK. I'll add it to the list of potentials (along with [dict://], [imdb://], and a couple of others that've been /msg'd to me.)

    • The nice, complete list of prefix tags (as I call them) is available at What shortcuts can I use for linking to other information?


    1 - Of course, the nearby presence of at least two monks of my acquaintance had nothing to do with it.

      Thank you. :) Point for point:
      • Now, the reason I "complained" about that university is that it seems it is missing quite a few words (stopped mirroring perhaps), but I had no idea the original site was blocked out. It also, when trying to go to an unknown word, returned a very strange page, providing the ability to search for university members(?) or something, with no hint of the jargon file. So I never even knew if I actually was linked to the jargon file or not - it didn't seem that way to me, and I couldn't find it there. I didn't try for a long time, but anyways. It was confusing.
      • So, if I have an idea of a "great" [tag://] you're the man to see? Good to know. :)
      • Ah. Exactly the link I was looking for - however, how do I find that and other links? I often find that the info is there, but hidden in a way that reminds you of the construction plans for the highway mentioned in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. You know, in the basement, with no stairs, no light, in a closet, a sign says beware of the tiger. Or something, it was a while since I read it. :)

        Anyhow, would it be possible to add that link at the place suggested above? Because that place is easy to find, and even mentioned under the box where you post stuff.

      Thank you for the clarifications :)

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