[UA-discuss] SAC095 - SSAC Advisory on the Use of Emoji in Domain

Mark Svancarek marksv at microsoft.com
Wed May 31 16:50:14 UTC 2017

Sometimes there is value to revealing the details of a URI - perhaps a document will be consumed offline, and the reader will be able to navigate by manually rekeying the address.  Or perhaps I want to reveal the site structure to facilitate discovery of other resources.  In those cases I would use Andrew's 2nd example.

In the majority of cases, though, I would follow the first example. 


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On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 03:49:21PM +0000, Andre Schappo wrote:
> My standard practice is to make, whenever possible, my links WYSIWYG. I think it a good practice. Sometimes it is not possible because of overly long and complex URLs.

It's never actually been a recommendation from hypertext people, however.  They've always suggested that you should put links liberally in running text that is in itself nicely readable.  So,

    <a href="target">In a previous post</a>, we discussed UA…

as opposed to

    In a previous post, which you can find at <a
    href="target">target</a>, we discussed UA …

Why do you think it's a good practice?  It makes for very stilted text.


Andrew Sullivan
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