Creating plain text hyperlinks
Pain text hyperlinks are more primitive than underlined hyperlinks. It is recommended to always use underlined hyperlinks, unless you prefer your articles to contain plain text only.
Note: In the program and manual, "Inserting" a hyperlink means the same as creating a hyperlink, i.e., inserting a new hyperlink into the article. It does not mean pasting in an existing hyperlink, unless explicitly mentioned.
Linking to an internal node using node path
Here is a sample tree showing three plain text hyperlinks from the Root node to each of the three nodes:
The syntax (i.e. format) of a fully typed plain text hyperlink is the target type (node, file, web site, etc.), followed by the path to it, and finally the title of the target. Forward slashes (⁄) are used as delimiters, just as in Web addresses. E.g.,
node:⁄⁄[title of root node]⁄[title of node level 2]⁄[title of node level 3]⁄...⁄[title of node level n]
where 1, 2, 3,...,n are the sublevels of the tree that have to be traversed in order to reach the target node at sublevel n. The Root node is considered to be at level 1. In the previous example, n = 3.
If any of the node titles contains a space, the whole plain text hyperlink must be enclosed in double quotes so that TreePad can distinguish the boundaries of the hyperlink from surrounding text. Enclosing all plain text hyperlinks in double quotes is recommended but not obligatory.
As another example, these two plain text hyperlinks do not need to be enclosed in double quotes:
However, when a space occurs in the name, double quotes are mandatory, as in "node:⁄⁄Root⁄Node C".
Plain text hyperlinks are intended for use in plain text articles and may not always work correctly if typed or pasted into articles containing rich text, due to the presence of hidden formatting symbols.
Try out a plain text hyperlink using node path syntax here.
Linking to an internal node using node ID
The syntax of a hyperlink using just the node ID is:
This hyperlink format will be displayed after the link text (node caption) if you accidentally convert an article containing underlined node hyperlinks to plain text! It is the least informative or reliable and is not intended as a substitute for a full plain text hyperlink, so is not recommended.
Linking to a file
Linking to a Web site
Linking to an email address
Linking to an ftp server
Try out examples of these plain text hyperlinks here.
Pasting in a plain text hyperlink from TreePad Lite
If you are also using TreePad Lite, you can paste in a plain text hyperlink from a file created by this program.
Updating plain text hyperlinks
If the target node is relocated, plain text hyperlinks to it will need to be edited to remain valid, since the text hyperlink to that node contains absolute information on the node position in the tree.