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I believe there is need for a wiki-wide 'linking" style and see three currently in use:
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#Link directly to the site mentioned using the name of the site as the hot link, e.g., "[http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/ The Illinois Newspaper Project] web page includes a ..."
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Linking through hyperlinks is an important feature of the wiki. Internal links bind this resource together into an interconnected whole, and external links help user of the will find relevant resources in the external World Wide Web.
#Describe the site, hit two carriage returns and add the text of the url, then hot-link the text of the URL, e.g., "The Illinois Newspaper Project web page can be found here: <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/ http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/]
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#Mention the site and then put the words "web site" in parenthesis and hot link the words "web site", e.g., "The Illinois Newspaper Project ([http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/ web site]) includes a..."OR&nbsp;"The Illinois Newspaper Project [http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/ <sup>web site</sup>]&nbsp; includes a..."<sup></sup>
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All three get the job done, but which one is best for this wiki?<br>
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== Linking to other articles in FamilySearch wiki ==
:I would have thought this was in the manual of style already. I did not find it, but would interpret the style as implied as #1. Other links, such as WorldCat, FHLC, and others follow this style. This would be my vote . . . putting the actual link "hidden" behind the title as in #1. [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas Lerman]] 19:53, 13 October 2009 (UTC)
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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:''' [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]
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'''Incorrect:'''&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org/]
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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 23:47, 16 December 2011

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 discussion page to add comments or suggestions for further development of the policy.

Linking through hyperlinks is an important feature of the wiki. Internal links bind this resource together into an interconnected whole, and external links help user of the will find relevant resources in the external World Wide Web.

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: www.familysearch.org/

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

Wikipedia

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

Maps