Full stop, hey, what’s that sound

The blog query of the ages:

[A]re there any rules around how to hyperlink a sentence? For the last 11 years, I have always wondered if I should treat the hyperlink like a parenthesis. What I mean is, do I include the period in the hyperlink or should I place it outside of the hyperlink? I have no clue.

My thinking — my actual implementation is something else entirely — is that if the hyperlink is a complete sentence, or if it completes a sentence, the period goes with it.

Where I run into trouble is the Fark Blurb of the Week. Fark headlines don’t end with periods. After agonizing over this for entirely too long, I decided to end the link where it’s supposed to end, and hang a period off the edge to create the illusion of an Actual Sentence.


  1. LeeAnn »

    7 October 2010 · 8:23 am

    I do the lazy version, I suppose it could be called, using the highlight and then the mechanism that came with the blog or the email program to create the link. In doing that, I have to accurately highlight and frankly my skills are not such I can choose what to leave out. Sometimes entire paragraphs are sacrificed to the shaky-mouse gods.
    Given my druthers, I’d leave out the full-stop mark.

  2. Baby M »

    7 October 2010 · 8:53 am

    So how do you feel about titles (mouseover text) on the link? I’ve seen it done several ways: sometimes it’s a citation/footnote refernce to the link target, sometimes it’s a quote from the link target, sometimes it’s a snarky comment about the subject of the link. Any preferences?

  3. ak4mc »

    7 October 2010 · 8:55 am

    My usual inclination is to use a phrase (including, where appropriate, a terminal phrase) as the link rather than an entire sentence, but if I do use a whole sentence then I’ll include punctuation.

    I don’t know why I prefer not to include punctuation in a link, but I do.

  4. CGHill »

    7 October 2010 · 10:18 am

    I figure that since title text of that sort mostly eludes the reader’s glance unless he’s actively looking for it, anything goes.

  5. sya »

    7 October 2010 · 10:26 am

    I tend to leave punctuation out of the hyperlink unless the entire sentence is the hyperlink. But then again, I’ve never thought too much about this, so in reality my hyperlinking practices are probably inconsistent at best.

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