Help talk:External link icons

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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|[ Link]|1.4 MB}} renders as "Link".  (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)

Were these icons useful?[edit]

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)

The icons have mostly been withdrawn, so this page needs simplifying. Note that some skins e.g. Monobook display more variety than Vector. – Fayenatic London 14:56, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
The icons on the help page are much self updating. You can select the desired skin at the top of the page. Modern and MonoBook still have a number of icons in use. --  Gadget850 talk 16:17, 31 January 2015 (UTC)