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How to Handle Links and Periods at End of Sentences

I must admit I’ve been a little confused about punctuation for web page links. If you are blogging, You may have to insert the hyperlinks into your document. It’s a good idea to check your hyperlinks before you post your blog or send your email. This insures that extra punctuation hasn’t messed up the hyperlink. You want your readers to be able to click on a link and get there.

Grammar Girl says add period after hyperlink: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/formatting_hyperlinks.aspx. That’s what the Chicago Manual Style says to do.

Put the hyperlink in the middle of the sentence. I found http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com helpful in formatting my writing online.

Use angled short brackets <>: <http://www.joanyedwards.com>.

You can use parentheses: (http://www.joanyedwards.com).

I have seen people skip a space after the last letter of the hyperlink: http://www.joanyedwards.com . This is recommended by Get Satisfaction.com comment: http://getsatisfaction.com/issuu/topics/hyperlink_fail.

I used to put a slash and then a period. However, it can still mess up your links. Some websites will work with the slash and others will not.  If it messes up the link, try one of the other ideas listed here. Putting it in the middle sounds great.

Of course you can always use one of the main words to put the hyperlink hidden. For instance, Grammar Girl says put a period at the end of the hyperlink.

Use a table, for your hyperlinks. No periods needed.

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Grammar Girl website http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com
Joan Y. Edwards’ Website http://www.joanyedwards.com
Get Satisfaction.com http://getsatisfaction.com/issuu/topics/hyperlink_fail

Perhaps you’ve found another way that works for you. Go for it.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,

    It appears there is no “universal” answer. Thanks for making us aware of multiple options.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I thought there might be a “universal” answer, but I haven’t found it, yet. I like to get the periods in there. Enjoy your day! Joan Y. Edwards, Elder Care Guide http://www.joanseldercareguide.weebly.com


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