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== Linking to other articles in FamilySearch wiki  ==
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interwiki
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== Linking to other Websites  ==
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=== Links should not display the full URL  ===
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Many URLs (website addresses) are long and not reader-friendly. For readability's sake, links should not include the full URL of the destination page. There may be extremely rare instances where displaying the full URL is desirable, but this should be the exception, not the rule, and should be done only if there is a compelling reason.<br>
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==== '''Example 1: a link by itself'''  ====
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'''Correct:''' [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp FamilySearch]
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'''Incorrect:''' [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp]
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==== Example 2: a link in context  ====
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'''Correct:''' [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&SWETS=1199728061&SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form Order United States military records] online.
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'''Incorrect:''' Go to [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&SWETS=1199728061&SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&amp;SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&amp;SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&amp;SWETS=1199728061&amp;SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form]
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[https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&SWETS=1199728061&SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&amp;SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&amp;SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&amp;SWETS=1199728061&amp;SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form] to order United States military records online.
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[https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&SWETS=1199728061&SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form Click here] to order United States military records online.
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Clearly, the first link is much easier to read, takes less space, and helps users understand what they will find by clicking the link.
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=== Free web sites  ===
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=== "For pay" web sites  ===
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=== OCLC/WorldCat  ===
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Using the {{tl|WorldCat}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.
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=== FHLC  ===
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Using the {{tl|FHL}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.
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=== Record Search  ===
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Using the {tl|RecordSearch}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.
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=== Wikipedia  ===
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Using the {tl|Wikipedia}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.
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=== Maps ===
  
 
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Revision as of 23:21, 2 February 2010

Green check.png This page explains a policy, a widely accepted standard that all contributors should normally follow. Changes made to it should reflect consensus.

Please visit the talk page to add comments or suggestions for further development of the policy.

Contents

Linking to other articles in FamilySearch wiki

interwiki

Linking to other Websites

Links should not display the full URL

Many URLs (website addresses) are long and not reader-friendly. For readability's sake, links should not include the full URL of the destination page. There may be extremely rare instances where displaying the full URL is desirable, but this should be the exception, not the rule, and should be done only if there is a compelling reason.

Example 1: a link by itself

Correct: FamilySearch

Incorrect: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

Example 2: a link in context

Correct: Order United States military records online.

Incorrect: Go to https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&SWETS=1199728061&SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form

https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=GotoView&SWEView=GPEA+Product+Detail+-+Features+View+FFO&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov&SWETS=1199728061&SWEPostnApplet=GPEA+Product+Form to order United States military records online.

Click here to order United States military records online.

Clearly, the first link is much easier to read, takes less space, and helps users understand what they will find by clicking the link.

Free web sites

"For pay" web sites

OCLC/WorldCat

Using the {{WorldCat}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.

FHLC

Using the {{FHL}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.

Record Search

Using the {tl|RecordSearch}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.

Wikipedia

Using the {tl|Wikipedia}} template for these links will allow the links to be easily updated if the web address changes.

Maps