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Do not invent URLs
My removal of the section Forcing an icon has been reverted, apparently because it was thought I was referring to the example URLs as specific, real examples, whereas they are of course hypothetical. I was not.
My point is that we should not be advising editors to invent (or modifiy) URLs for third party sites, when those sites will be unaware that we have done so and may use the new URls to refer to targets other than those we expect. While doing so may trigger the desired presentational effect on Wikipedia, it is a kludge, and bad practice.
- Since there is no viable solution that properly emulates the icon when used in a citation template, I have removed the section. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 12:30, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
1.22/wmf4 added these new URI schemes, but they don't appear to create a link:
Were these icons useful?
Whether or not to replace these icons in Vector, is being discussed at bugzilla:54604. The previous icons can be seen at File:External link icons in Vector.png. (Note: the different icons currently used by Monobook can be seen with this link.) Your feedback is welcome, here (preferably) or at the bug. Quiddity (talk) 00:37, 17 October 2014 (UTC)