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Easier Linking for OTN Forums

Posted by Tyler Muth on July 16, 2008

Anyone who answers a lot of questions on the Oracle OTN Forums knows that a lot of the answers are just links to Documentation, Blog posts, or other Forum posts.  There are 3 tools that I use on a regular basis to make posting links easier.

Firefox “CoLT” (Copy Link Text) Add-on

CoLT is a great add-on that adds a number of options to the right-click menu, allowing you to copy the link title and URL as the exact BB Code syntax that you need to paste into the OTN Forums.

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Firefox “Web Developer Toolbar” Add-on

Web Developer adds a lot of great features for, well, web developers, but it also has a killer feature for linking.  Under the “Information” section there is the option to “Display Anchors”.  Many web pages, especially Oracle Documentation, include a hidden anchor tag for each sub-section.  This extension exposes all of these anchors allowing you to easily link directly to a particular section.

A Clipboard Extension or Manager

I use Ditto on Windows as it allows me to copy several links at a time then recall them and paste them into a forum post instead of switching back and forth for each link.  It also allows you to store popular text (links in this case) that you use often.  I’m sure there are comparable tools for Mac and Linux as well.

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6 Responses to “Easier Linking for OTN Forums”

  1. Stew Stryker said

    Thanks for the tip on CoLT, I’ll check it out. As for a clipboard manager, I’ve used ClipMate for about 5 years now and based on my encouraging results, we got a multi-user license for our department. It’s not free like Ditto, but has a ton of useful features, including regular expression support in it’s search-and-replace wizard, so you can edit a large clip right in its window.

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