HubPages changes my link information

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  1. jstevens2 profile image56
    jstevens2posted 9 years ago

    Hi,

    I recently published an article on creating a pdf file and linked to a free funny pdf of mine as an example at the end of the article.

    The link is right when I'm in editing mode, but as soon as the hub is published Huppages adds extra numbers to my link making the link worthless.

    I am new to Hubpages so I have to ask, how do I stop HubPages from inserting extra numbers into my link? Or do I have to link to something else without a % sign in the url?

  2. dingdong profile image59
    dingdongposted 9 years ago

    Does your link contain special characters? like +, (, & etc.

  3. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    You most likely have spaces in your file name and when parsed it converts them to an HTML attribute which is '%20'.

    So the problem will be at the other end. If you've uploaded the PDF do it again, and rename the file so it doesn't have spaces. Or use hyphens or underscores to replace the hyphens.

    Back in the 90s I remember when learning the ways of the HTML edit that using spaces in graphic files would see those image links break completely.

    1. dingdong profile image59
      dingdongposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      How about other characters like '+' are they ok to use in a url?

      1. darkside profile image80
        darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I'm not entirely sure. I've always kept my file names neat and tidy and stuck with underscores and hyphens (or a combination of the two) rather than play around with other symbols which may play havoc with different servers or even within different file types. Keeping it simple avoids all sorts of issues.

        But I'll see what I can find.

        1. dingdong profile image59
          dingdongposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks.

  4. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    Also, it's a good habit to get into (having unspaced file names). Because of the way that hyperlinks work.

    This is your PDF:

    http://www.thingsgoingsmoothly.com/taco bell diet.pdf

    This is what it looks like as I suggested:

    http://www.thingsgoingsmoothly.com/tacobelldiet.pdf
    http://www.thingsgoingsmoothly.com/taco-bell-diet.pdf
    http://www.thingsgoingsmoothly.com/taco_bell_diet.pdf

    Notice the difference? In the second bunch of examples the links are automatically parsed and become live. Whereas the first one will send a person to http://www.thingsgoingsmoothly.com/taco

  5. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    * From Reserved characters and words a list of characters to avoid:

    * Asterisk
    < >[ ] Brackets

    = Equal sign

    " Quotes

    \ / Slashes

    , . : ; Comma, Period, Colon, Semicolon

    1. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      This site recommends to avoid the Plus Sign (+)

      1. weblog profile image54
        weblogposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Blogger still adds plus sign to image urls, I wonder how they do. But, lots of good info from you. Thanks smile

        1. darkside profile image80
          darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          If Blogger allows it then they've got things set up on their server to make it okay. Somewhere else though, it might cause grief. It's not usually a problem with a browser, but with the server side.

          Last decade there were a few things that Geocities would throw a wobbly over. It could have been the capitalisation of file extensions. It would look fine when previewed on your desktop, but then you'd upload it and it wouldn't show.

          At HubPages, when it comes to graphics, it doesn't matter about file names or whether file extensions are in upper or lower case. Or even if there are spaces in the file name, because it gets uploaded, given a new file name, and also optimised.

  6. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    * The pound sign is a valid character to use in a file name but is not accepted in hyperlinks in Office documents.

  7. jstevens2 profile image56
    jstevens2posted 9 years ago

    Thanks for the insight and information.

    I have temporarily removed the link altogether so as not to detract from the article. I will add it again as soon as I can find the original of the file I was linking to and upload it with a new file name. (might just have to download from my own blog to get a copy)

 
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