Hyperlink Protocols: Create Hyperlinks to Email, Instant Messengers, VOIP programs & Phone Numbers

Google Talk Chat Hyperlinks

Google Talk Chat Hyperlinks

It’s occurred to me that [Hyperlinks|A hyperlink is a reference in a document to an external or internal piece of information. The most common usage is in the Internet to browse through web pages: some text in the current document is highlighted so that when clicked, the browser automatically displays another page or changes the current page to show the referenced content.] are a part of every day life for pretty much everyone these days. Whether you use them in basic internet browsing, copying and pasting YouTube and Facebook links to your friends, or making websites, knowing how to create [hyperlinks|A hyperlink is a reference in a document to an external or internal piece of information. The most common usage is in the Internet to browse through web pages: some text in the current document is highlighted so that when clicked, the browser automatically displays another page or changes the current page to show the referenced content.] is an important thing to know!

Some people don’t realize there are a lot more kinds of [hyperlinks|A hyperlink is a reference in a document to an external or internal piece of information. The most common usage is in the Internet to browse through web pages: some text in the current document is highlighted so that when clicked, the browser automatically displays another page or changes the current page to show the referenced content.] than just ones that use the [HTTP|Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypermedia information systems. Its use for retrieving inter-linked resources led to the establishment of the World Wide Web.] or [HTTPS|Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a combination of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol and a cryptographic protocol. HTTPS connections are often used for payment transactions on the World Wide Web and for sensitive transactions in corporate information systems.] (HTTP with SSL encryption) [protocols|In computing, a protocol is a set of rules which is used by computers to communicate with each other across a network. A protocol is a convention or standard that controls or enables the connection, communication, and data transfer between computing endpoints. In its simplest form, a protocol can be defined as the rules governing the syntax, semantics, and synchronization of communication. Protocols may be implemented by hardware, software, or a combination of the two. At the lowest level, a protocol defines the behavior of a hardware connection.]. Many of which are very useful to today’s [socially-networked|A social network is a social structure made of individuals (or organizations) called nodes, which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.] [webmasters|A webmaster (portmanteau of web and postmaster), also called a web architect, web developer, site author, website administrator, or (informally) webmeister, is a person responsible for maintaining a website(s). The duties of the webmaster may include ensuring that the web servers, hardware and software are operating accurately, designing the website, generating and revising web pages, replying to user comment, and examining traffic through the site.] and internet gurus.

Here are some useful examples:

Email HyperLink:
Example Email Link

<a href="mailto:youremail@yourdomain.com?subject=Email+Subject">Example Email Link</a>

Phone Number HyperLink:
Example Phone Link

<a title="Call 503-555-1212" href="callto:5035551212">Example Phone Link</a>

Skype Call HyperLink:
Example Skype Call Hyperlink

<a title="Call YourScreenName on Skype" href="skype:yourscreenname?call">Example Skype Call Hyperlink</a>

Skype Chat HyperLink:
Example Skype Chat Hyperlink

<a title="Chat with YourScreenName on Skype" href="skype:yourscreenname?chat">Example Skype Chat Hyperlink</a>

Google Talk Instant Message HyperLink:
Example Google Talk IM Hyperlink

<a title="Instant Message YourScreenName" href="gtalk:chat?jid=yourscreenname">Example Google Talk IM Hyperlink</a>

Google Talk Call Hyperlink:
Example Google Talk Call Hyperlink

<a title="Call YourScreenName on Google Talk" href="gtalk:call?jid=yourscreenname">Example Google Talk Call Hyperlink</a>

MSN/Windows Live HyperLink:
Example MSN/Windows Live IM Hyperlink

<a title="Instant Message YourScreenName on MSN/Windows Live Messenger" href="msnim:chat?contact=yourscreenname">Example MSN/Windows Live IM Hyperlink</a>

Yahoo! Instant Messanger HyperLink:
Example Yahoo! Instant Messenger IM Hyperlink

<a title="Chat with YourScreenName on Yahoo! Instant Messenger" href="ymsgr:sendim?yourscreenname">Example Yahoo! Instant Messenger IM Hyperlink</a>

AOL Instant Messenger HyperLink:
Example AOL Instant Messenger IM Hyperlink

<a title="Chat with YourScreenName on AOL Instant Messenger" href="aim:goim?screenname=yourscreenname">Example AOL Instant Messenger IM Hyperlink</a>

I’ll update this post and add more useful examples as I think of them.

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