URL links in birding-aus posts

To: 'Greg Roberts' <>, "" <>
Subject: URL links in birding-aus posts
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 10 May 2013 10:48:03 +1000
URL splitting is a common problem even in direct email, let along via a list. 
It's all to do with the length of the URL, and the servers the message passes 
through. Email was never designed (I think) for such long strings of unbroken 

I once read that adding angle brackets ("<" and ">") around the URL can help 
tell servers not to break it, and that also adding URL: inside the opening 
bracket can help where servers are still breaking it. I've been meaning to try 
it, so here's a test. This is an invented long URL, first by itself, then in 
angle brackets, then with URL: in angle brackets. Note that I'm typing this in 
plain text format, which might affect things:



I those methods still don't work, I think the only reliable way is to use a 
site like tinyurl to provide a shorter URL.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
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>  On Behalf Of 
> Greg Roberts
> Sent: Friday, 10 May 2013 10:24 AM
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] URL links in birding-aus posts
> I have a problem regularly with publishing URL links in 
> birding-aus posts.
> Often I report the most interesting birds seen during an 
> outing, a boat-trip or whatever, and then provide a link to a 
> blog post I have published or somewhere else, where further 
> details and photographs can be accessed.
> However, the last bit of the link for the blog post is not 
> highlighted in the published birding-aus post. So anyone 
> clicking on it will be taken to the blog home page, where 
> they will have to search for the relevant post. It appears 
> that the blog post link is too long for birding-aus to deal 
> with (although there is nothing exceptional about the lengths 
> of these post links).
> I've emailed Russell a couple of times about this but not had 
> any replies; maybe he has been away. I was wondering if 
> anyone had suggestions about dealing with the problem.

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