Wikitravel talk:External links

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I have a question. I've noticed that some editors have been changing explicit links ( to buried links (Logan International Airport). Doesn't this make the page less usable when printed?

Good question. I think I'm going to have to hack on the Printable version code for MediaWiki to take something that renders like
<a href="url">text</a>
and make it render like this
text (url)
I think that this is more of a technical problem than an editing problem, though. Let's keep doing the more readable links for now, where possible. -- Evan 11:54, 8 Nov 2003 (PST)
A URL in a printed guide is useful only if you're on the web, and if that's the case, then you can just go to the online Wikitravel (using the URL printed on all Wikitravel pages) and follow the link from there.
Of course this assumes that the URL on your printed version hasn't be removed in a newer on-line edition. On the other hand, the URL on your printout might be obsolete, but it's been updated online. -- Paul Richter 08:10, 7 May 2004 (EDT)

So.... does this policy page need to be edited to reflect a new consensus? I'm inclined to Paul's reasoning, though Huttite expresses an issue with doing this on User talk:Huttite. -- Colin 20:14, 21 May 2004 (EDT)

What new consensus? I'm lost. --Evan 20:39, 21 May 2004 (EDT)
I think the best way to do it is like this: use "readable" URL links in the External Links section with text next to them explaining them, for example:
In all other sections of the article, we should use "buried" links. For example: one of Europe's undiscovered tourism gems is The City of Tallinn. This way, the URLs won't muddle up the integrity of the text when used in a paragraph, yet they will be understandable when used in external links. By the way, I remember hearing or seeing some time ago that URLs actually get printed in brackets alongside the link. Is this a Mozilla feature or is it part of the MediaWiki printable version style? Ronline 21:09, 21 May 2004 (EDT)