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Do not invent URLs[edit]

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.

The desired effect should be triggered instead by the use for a formatting template. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 15:25, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

What template? ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 20:46, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Mainly {{PDFlink}} I guess. Category:External link file type templates also has templates for some other file types. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:27, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
{{PDFlink}} does not show the icon. Go ahead and try it. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 21:58, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
There is an example at {{PDFlink}}: {{PDFlink|[http://www.example.org/fileserver/239349 Link]|1.4 MB}} renders as Link PDF (1.4 MB). PrimeHunter (talk) 22:04, 31 October 2011 (UTC)


---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 23:26, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

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)

New URIs[edit]

1.22/wmf4 added these new URI schemes, but they don't appear to create a link:

--  Gadget850 talk 20:13, 21 May 2013 (UTC)