18 Nov 09 This did start out as me trying the process to see how to do it, but given the interest by others and the difficulties encountered in the discussion below, I though I'd edit this to better explain what needs to be done.

Always wondered how how people write a link as html without it converting to an actual link?

<a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org">Atheist Nexus</a>

If you write it as above you'll get the usual link that we're all familiar with: Atheist Nexus (This link will open in this window).

To avoid the text automatically converting into a link you will need to use special characters to write the angle brackets. They are:

&#60; to get < and &#62; to get >


&lt; to get < and &gt; to get >

Extra info for the reader's edification

If you want the link to open in a new tab or window just add target="_blank". To wit:

<a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org" target="_blank">Atheist Nexus</a>

which give you the link Atheist Nexus that opens in a new tab or window (depending on your browser settings).

Felch linking to Special Characters.

Tags: html, link

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American Atheists

< = <, > = >
You need to use numerical codes. These characters are reserved. Here's a list -

Now I know how to point to. This time cut and paste worked for the URL, but it hasn't in the past.
Go figure?
<object id="player" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://static.ning.com/socialnetworkmain/widgets/music/swf/MusicPlayer.swf?v=200912101700&playlistUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.atheistnexus.org%2Fmusic%2Fplaylist%2Fshow%3Ffmt%3Dxspf%26id%3D2182797%253APlaylist%253A541185%26mdate%3D2009-12-16T02%253A29%253A03.397Z%26nik%3D00ktuo5ysy0f0&autoplay=1&showPlaylist=1" width="0" height="0"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="never"></param></object> _origwidth="0"


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