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    Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specification

    Microsoft is now including square brackets in its TechNet lookup URL under specific circumstances.

    Try the following address http://support.microsoft.com then type an article number into the Knowledge Base Article Id Number box, say 269192 and click on the green arrow. The article gets displayed, but observe that the address at the top has changed to
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];269192
    and note the LN in square brackets.

    If you then paste that address into the "linkURL" of a type 2 link from "Click TagPanel" (which I've bodged slightly to make it visible)...
    [ u r l=linkURL]description[/url]
    then the "link URL" gets terminated early by the first closing square bracket,
    [ u r l=lhttp://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];269192] WHATEVER DESCRIPTION YOU WANT [/url]
    and (fairly obviously) the link is broken!

    I suspect the [LN] field normally gets replaced by the Language, usually EN-US (without any square brackets).

    But is there a way out other than changing [LN] to EN-US?
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    Re: Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specification

    You could use http://tinyurl.com to get around it.

    You go to TinyURL and paste the long link into the box and click the Make TinyURL! button. It will return a short url along the lines of http://tinyurl.com/6 which actually takes you to

    A realy long link is in here

    Just hover over the above text to see part of the actualy URL in your status bar.
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    Re: Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specification

    You either need to replace it with some language code or use an entirely different link syntax (different script).

    After what seems like an hour of searching, I cannot find the alternate "short" syntax anywhere. But I think I saw it within the past week or so, maybe even in a link quoted from WOW. Anyone have any idea what it is?

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    Re: Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specification

    How about this:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];269192

    Which is produced by replacing the brackets with HTML char-number entities like this:

    &#091;[/b]LN&#093;;269192]http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];269192

    That's the only form that gets through the text processor for the lounge and still works. I tried URL escaping (%5B and %5D for left and right brackets), but the processor unescaped that too early and it was still broken.

    Of course, it took about 25 previews to get this message right, so it might just be easier to substitute EN, or any other two-characters since that doesn't seem to matter much. (The real trick to all this was escaping the escape characters to show how it's done!)

    HTH

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    Re: Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specification

    This syntax should work:
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=269192

    And since it doesn't contain the lanuage switch, it'll display the article in the recipient's language (if a translation is available).

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    Re: Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specification

    Oh sure, take the easy way out...

    Thanks!

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    Re: Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specificat

    How come nobody likes or acknowledges Bryan's suggestion about TinyURL? I think that's a great place.....

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    Re: Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specificat

    I haven't visited, but my concern would be that one day it just dries up and blows away, and all the links are useless. A bit less likely with direct links to Microsoft. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specification

    Oh rats - now I'd better go check out some of my recent posts!

    Thanks for mentioning it!
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    Re: Microsoft TechNet breaks Lounge URL specification

    Yea, but don't forget that even direct MS links get broken.

    Just look at the change from Q999999 to 999999 as the KB article numbers.
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