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Old 05-17-2010, 11:04 AM
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this is what I Copy and paste

http://www.navica2.net/displays/?n=2...02570&k=9hJIo7

dang; the message reads right, but when posted it strips again. Original message after ?n= 234&i=572570&k=9hJlo7 not =2...02570&k=9hJIo7

when I copy/paste to a message, the following shows up:

http://www.navica2.net/displays/?n=2...02570&k=9hJIo7

Certain characters have been deleted and I've tried this 3 times...same result.

I'm currently using Google Chrome as a browser and have never seen this kind of message mini-stripping. I tried it with IE and got the same results. Any thoughts?

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Old 05-17-2010, 11:54 AM
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Notepad is your friend. It's too stupid (not unlike myself) to understand everything that's going on and drops all of the formatting and special characters.

First:
When you cut, you are probably cutting what you would expect. When you paste, the format of the output depends on the formatting capability of the receiving bucket.

If you copy a link, you are copying an object which has certain attributes. When you paste, the receiving application may or may not be smart enough to recognize it. You can test this out by copying something like a url and pasting it into a Word document. It will show up like a url. Keep in mind that the title or label (what you see) and the actual href can be two different values. Some apps might shorten the label to keep in under a max number of characters, like www.mywickedlongurlfornogoodreason.com to www.mywicked...reason.com

Second:
Not everything interprets special characters the right way. That's why you see %20 where you would expect a space, etc. Query strings start with a question mark, and any arguments past the first one will be separated with an ampersand. In other words, if in a url I want to pass 3 variables and their values, the url might be www dot something dot com ?variable1=jim & variable2=sally & variable3=suzy. Sometimes the question mark and ampersands don't come over very well.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:23 PM
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thanks, I think

In layman's terms, you're saying that the problem is not related to a browser?

If not, is it related to some setting in my computer?


I've had this PC for 5 years and only in the past week have I not been able to copy/paste URLs. Is there a fix on my end?

Thanks for your time, really!
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:29 PM
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When you copy a link, paste it into notepad. Then, copy the link from notepad into wherever you wanted it to go. Keep in mind that it may be just shortening the title or label. Most of the time the title and the actual url are the same, but they are two distinct items.

Ever seen a hyperlink that just says "Click Here" and when you click it takes you to some other page? It could be that the url is long enough that it decided to shorten the label, but still kept the actual url intact. Pasting it inot notepad, which is too dumb to understand any of this, should provide some insight.

Make sense?
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:44 AM
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OK, I Copied the Link and Pasted it onto Word, then saved the file.
Now I copy the Word link and paste it here. Let's see if it works:

http://board.usamls.net/baldwin/defa...59198&sortby=1

Looks like it does, so thanks for showing me how to do it....but the question remaining is Why is this happening after 5 years of never having that come up before? Is there a fix?
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:26 PM
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Mouse over the link in your previous post but don't actually click on it. Note that what you see on the bottom is different than what is displayed on the label. Maybe a windows update to IE "fixed" what was never a problem before?
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:49 PM
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OK, what I'm going to do is click on the link above and open the real estate listing. Then I'm going to Copy/Paste the URL on that link into this response and let's see whether the new link works?

http://board.usamls.net/baldwin/defa...59198&sortby=1
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