asks: "I am helping an Internet law center create their website and we are looking at your code to use. My question relates to the story submission area of your program. We would be looking for submissions from lawyers, etc, who wouldn't necessarily be completely internet/compuoter literate. How can we explain to them how to insert links (urls) into their submissions the right way so that the name of the title comes up as the link as opposed to just link? How can we make that clear to them in the section?"
This occurs when you use naked URLs in your submission, like "http://www.mysite.com/this/page/here.shtml". Slash will then translate it to <a href="http//www.mysite.com/this.page.here.shtml>li nk</a> when the submission is saved (you can preview it to your hearts content and it won't change then). So what's a good way to specify URLs and titles in an easy to remember form so people aren't forced to know the HTML? I was thinking of something like:
Which, if seen by Slash in the submissions editor will replace that instance with the proper HTML to form the link. The separator char is the good ole unix 'pipe' symbol for those of you who might have problems seeing that. It was chosen because it would be easily parsable and not conflict with any chars that might pop up in SiteURL.