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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

How to share images in the forum :)

It's easy to share images in the Duolingo forum.

Here's how:

  1. Make a url for the image. You can upload an image to imgur to do this. Once you upload the image - grab the URL.

  2. Enter the following with the url of the image you'd like to share into your comment:

![Duo](http://i.imgur.com/NeRJgd9.png)

Voila! Duo

#duotips

June 13, 2014

195 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wazzie

If you don't remember the syntax or format for adding images, you can always use the Markdown Link (reddit comments). All you have to do is add an ! before [Imgur]. No spaces.

Imgur

Don't forget to add the exclamation mark!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

Thanks wazzie :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SP-10266

nice streak you got


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheAdvancedBasic

she have no streak now lmao


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ptoro

Just whatever you do, don't use clip art :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/justhere773

Haha! I got it to work!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moomingirl

Yay, got it, thanks for your help Wazzie. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/panagiotis_ts

Oh really thanks!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlishaCatM

How do you do that??????????????????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nic93snk

Thank you for your help :]


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/norteaga

It worked!! Thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4of92000

So it's Markdown with an exclamation point at the beginning.

Sidenote: How do you add long dashes?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wchargin

You can copy and paste these:

  • Em dash (U+2014) —
  • En dash (U+2013) –
  • Multiplication sign (U+00D7) ×
  • Ellipsis (U+2026) …
  • Right-facing arrow (U+2192) →

These are the Unicode characters I use most often. On Linux, you can simply press Ctrl-Shift-U and then type the code point to insert the character.

Also see here for an explanation on the dash differences (and the minus sign U+2212 − which is not a dash or hyphen!)

edit: also, this is another good resource


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

The "dash differences" are interesting. When there was only a hyphen available on the keyboard of a typewriter there of course were no em- or en-dashes, and they were typed this way:

hyphen: (-)
* hyphen (no spaces around it, except when used as in the 2nd sentence above)
* minus sign (space before it, or space before and after if used as subtraction sign)
* en-dash (no spaces around it)

dash : two hyphens with no space between them, or around them [almost always] (--)
* em-dash

Is there any reason to use an en-dash? Using the hyphen will do just as well for reading. Both en- and em-dashes are not in the ASCII character set..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wchargin

Yes: you most commonly use an en-dash for number ranges (pages 10–20, exhibits A–E). You can also use it for multi-word hyphenations, such as "stock market–related."

Regarding ASCII: there's really not too much in ASCII. Everything supports the Unicode standard now.

See here for more hyphen/dash info.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Yes, I understand what en-dashes are to be used for. But I'd like to know why they are used. They don't do anything that a hyphen will not do just as well.

"Everything" does not use the Unicode standard now. I suspect that there are still out there far more webpages in 8-bit character sets than in Unicode. Certainly there is an enormous number of pages in the Russian language that use 8-bit code pages, and they all have ASCII as the first half of the code pages, but not em- or en-dashes.

But that doesn't matter. The question is, what good does an en-dash actually do?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ste-n-Dee

slogger's question is perfectly legitimate. Unfortunely, the only answer is "We do things that way because that's how we have always done them." If this is unsatisfying, it is still the reason we do 99% of things we do. We may find reasons to support doing them as we do them, but we actually do them that way because that's just how it has "always" (in our experience) been done. Welcome to mortal life among the human race.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

To understand the why, you’d need to delve into the history of typography. For example, old German typefaces had hyphens which looked like tilted equal signs, and thus were entirely unsuitable for performing double duty as dashes. (Hyphens were generally designed to match a typeface’s style, while dashes were rules [thin straight lines] of defined widths.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

> "We do things that way because that's how we have always done them."

All the way back to prehistoric times, eh, and maybe beyond?

This is not a "chicken-and-egg" question. We have not always done things that way. I started programming computers in the 1970s and we did not use em- or en-dashes at that time. Notice, for instance, that they are not in the ASCII set of characters designed in the early 1960s for universal use by computers, which is still in use worldwide (the first 128 characters in a code page, and a subset of UTF-8, etc.). Someone decided since then that we should use em- and en-dashes as we do on computers.

The only advantage I can see is not "automatically" and "accidentally" splitting up a dash (two adjacent hyphens) when formatting text. Formatting text is not a "natural" thing, and someone had to make that decision.

Anyway, it's not a subject i want to debate. I've said my say, and just because I find em- and especially en-dashes a needless, annoying, almost useless complication won't change anything.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ste-n-Dee

You are missing the point, slogger. I'm actually agreeing with you; I don't see the sense in having two separate dash symbols, plus a hyphen, plus a negative sign, plus a subtraction sign, plus a mid-level horizontal slash... But even if we put them both together, our combined opinions won't get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

The point is, those separate dash symbols grew out of separate use cases. The fact that you never used them in programming is utterly irrelevant; these are typographic issues, not coding issues. And there are perfectly good, logical, eminently practicable historical reasons that these things have evolved -- even if you really dislike them, and despite your absurdly hyperliteral interpretation of my wording.

The question of whether we ought to keep separate dashes is worthy of discussion. Maybe, at some point in time, we will be in a position to do something about it. But simply dismissing the existence of various midline horizontal separators and saying how stupid it is that they even exist is ignorant, and in any case useless.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

I'm glad we're in agreement, sbeecroft.

The point I was trying to make was concerning "We do things that way because that's how we have always done them." In this case that is not so. There is no "always" for computers. Someone had to introduce the use of em- and (especially) en-dashes onto computers at some time. There is no reason that en-dashes should have been accepted when a hyphen will do as well and is already on our keyboards, so that we need not waste keystrokes entering octal numbers to put hyphen equivalents into our texts.

But you are right, it's done now. The only thing we can do about it, really, is to not bother with en-dashes. Probably no one will notice.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

> To understand the why . . .

But "old German typefaces" have nothing to do with why what was standard a generation or two ago in English should be complicated by something that really serves no useful purpose. Using dashes and hyphens--doing without em- and en-dashes--is perfectly legible. Why complicate things to no purpose?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lenalingo

Sometimes when you put two small dashes next to each other the computer merges them. Idk :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diannapre

I thought it wasn't going to work, but hey :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaLaLand123456

.... Right, that did not go well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leehaber

Obrigado pelos lições de portugues!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/panagiotis_ts

I still can't upload a photo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wazzie

Don't use any spaces. Also, you need to link directly to an image (the image should be the only thing you see on the website). I suggest using imgur and following my instructions above.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lenalingo

Hahahaha...CHHOOOO CUUUUTTTEEE!! Makes me laugh


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HarleyQuinn51

aww i think my heart just melted!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lenalingo

How did you do this? I keep trying the syntax and nothing works..:((


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Terpsichore88

Just practicing, as I am a dodohead.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Terpsichore88

Dodoheadness has now ceased slightly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ste-n-Dee

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dodohead_count--;

}


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

Testing with a somewhat random photo (not mine and I don't live in Houston) from imgur:

Duo


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/springymint

I live near Houston, and I gotta say, that is definately true.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatchesSkywalker

sorry, people like me don't know what you're talking about.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wazzie

Almost! No spaces between ](


[deactivated user]

    ![Duo]www.duolingo.com

    Duolingo is awesome!!


    [deactivated user]

      [deactivated user]

        Can you share a picture from your computer?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ste-n-Dee

        No. First you have to upload the picture to a hosting site like tinypic.com. From there, you can share it.


        [deactivated user]

          Is it trustworthy? I'll get in BIG trouble if I virus this computer


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ste-n-Dee

          Uploading a pic to a hosting site won't put any viruses on your computer.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SH1ELDs

          The text that goes into the square brackets "[]" is the alternate text that shows up if the image doesn't.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SecretlyAHippo

          Duo! Duo

          Thanks for this!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Farjo1
          • 2552

          Above Imgur Below


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sherlock_Walker

          This is good. It works for real. Thanks! Have a lingot anyways.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YPSILONZ

          I've made this pic to have at hand. Sorry that it's in dark mode...

          Duolingo_forum_formatting


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga

          Ohhh : I have just found this today ! Thank you kristinemc.

          Also, in case others who come across this post, you might like to check out :

          It also has links to other posts, such as how to use Unicode images in your posts as well as other formatting hints.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Skelet0n

          So no actual uploading image. Just url?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_parakh

          how did you do it????


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/deSinuapa

          Gracias por la informacion. Voila ton lingot! Vous le meritez. :-)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bustourist

          Hooray! Thanks a lot madam.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Little_Shadow_

          YESSSSSSSS FINALLY! THANKS SOO MUCH!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elin.7-1

          Nope...no image and I copied the formatting from OP and link from imgur <sob>


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            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LytjeDk

            Do I need some text?

            Duo


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daimon-Dave

            Making a test.

            whatever


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BaniVer08

            You should add a .png after writing the image URL in the bracket like (https://imgur.com/a/FeTbPvL.png)


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ingochris

            Lol this is now a photo thread

            ingochris


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LucasArgandona

            Duo

            I don't think it works for me


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GodgirlKylie

            Can you use picmonkey to?


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_parakh

            SUCCESSSSSSS


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/margophillips

            file:///C:/Users/gradys6/Pictures/dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd.jpg


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wchargin

            margophillips, you'll need to upload the images to a website like imgur. The link you've provided won't work for anyone but you. You'll also need to write it in the syntax provided, which is ![image title](http://imgur.com/whatever).

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