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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:09 am    Post subject: HTML links Reply with quote

My attempts to insert a link in an email have not been a success. When I type in a gmail compose page:

<a href=“http://www.yahoo.com”>Go to Yahoo!</a>

and send this to myself to check, the email I receive contains all the text I typed. instead of just

Go to Yahoo!

I picked this sample HTML from a Google tuition article and I copied it exactly, so I cannot understand why I failed. I tried also the link to email. Same result. Surely there is something I missed somewhere?

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PS:the Go to Yahoo! in this post should have been underlined instead of the and tags.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may have set a setting that shows the email as text rather than html.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:07 am    Post subject: gmail prefab links Reply with quote

I found that gmail is letting users avoid the <a href code altogether. I just compose my email the way it will be seen by the recipient, then I select the link word that the recipient will have to click (to to go to the address) and click on the link button in the formatting menu. I am then asked to enter the relevant URL in a box. Then click on OK.

Example:
1) Text to send: "you should try Yahoo! as well"
2) Select "Yahoo!" and click on the link button (it looks like 3 links of a chain)
A page opens with a box in it.
3) Type in the box: "http://www.yahoo.com"
4) Click OK

If the text is: "email Barack Obama", same routine but in 3) type mailto:// (followed by Obama's email address)
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