[OS X TeX] A \url problem
dewatson at me.com
Tue Nov 3 15:01:27 EST 2009
On Nov 3, 2009, at 1:30 PM, Vic Norton wrote:
> In my example I've used
> in two places.
> The url is where I want to go, namely
> url = http://vic.norton.name/finance-math/notionportf/pricedistrib.csv
> The text is what I want the reader to click on. It needn't have any
> relation to the url.
I think Peter and you are having different understandings of the
purpose of the URL.
A URL is meant to provide the location of a resource and a mechanism
for retrieving that resource.
A hyper-reference is meant to link content across resources, but that
doesn't mean that the end user necessarily has to know what a URL is
or its ontology.
If you need the functionality of a hyper-reference, then the text
should ideally be something that makes sense in real language, not a
URL, as URLs are contrived not for the benefit of the reader, but for
You seem to be using hyper-reference functionality when you really
simply want to indicate to someone "this is the URL you would type in
your browser should you desire to see this content."
In the early 90s I remember a lot of web pages with hyper-refs that
were way to literal: "In order to see today's discounts >Click here!<"
It seemed that people didn't understand that the browser had a
mechanism (by coloring, underlining, etc) to indicate "Click here" and
that what the designer really wanted to say was "Today's Discounts!"
The least useful thing from the perspective of many users would have
to be "In order to see today's discounts, type http://example.com/discounts/today.cgi
into your browser's location field and type return!"
I can see the usefulness of having an explicitly stated URL if the
document is destined for print, so that the electronic resource can be
tracked down, which I gather is what you are trying to do.
I think Peter may be right, in that URLs are not meant to break, but
I'm sure MLA or some other organization has there own thoughts on such
This brings up another matter --- should URLs at the end of a sentence
be followed by punctuation?
> On Nov 3, 2009, at 11:47 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:
>> Am 03.11.2009 um 16:42 schrieb Vic Norton:
>>> I am simply trying to indent a long URL that has to break. Ideally
>>> it should break at a forward slash. I've tried to force that in my
>> Now I understand! Why do you write "it should break?" Where is this
>> behaviour documented?
>> I hope to die before I *have* to use Microsoft Word.
>> - Donald E. Knuth, 2001-10-02 in Tübingen.
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