I was trying to link to a gmane article in that answer, but none of the:

[message](news://news.gmane.io:119/[email protected])
<a href="nntp://news.gmane.io/gmane.comp.standards.posix.austin.general/4151">message</a>
<a href="news://news.gmane.io:119/[email protected]">message</a>

URLs seem to work.

That just gives:

message message message message

That's RFC5538 URLs that have been supported by lynx for instance for decades (news://news.gmane.io/[email protected] URLs also still work in SeaMonkey).

A lot of the Unix history is documented on usenet (which predates the world wide web), and gmane which contains archives of a lot of Unix-related mailing lists (including the POSIX working group's whose earlier posts can only be found publicly there) is nowadays only available over NNTP.

Usenet is or at least was core to the Unix culture. Unix.SE is to some extent a bit of the continuation of comp.unix.* / comp.os.linux.*. I recognise a few names from there here.

It would be useful to allow those links at least on the unix.SE site.

  • How do these links open for you? I can't get my firefox to treat news:// or nntp:// as links, it goes straight to searching for them in a search engine.
    – terdon Mod
    Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 16:07
  • I'm not intimately familiar with CommonMark, but am aware of recent changes there: meta.stackexchange.com/q/348746/307535
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 16:08
  • @JeffSchaller I'm thinking it might be because the news:// and nntp:// aren't recognized as valid URLs (and they aren't, as far as I can tell). Maybe Stéphane has some sort of browser extension that can handle them? Or am I alone in not being able to get them to open? Stéphane, did these used to work in the past?
    – terdon Mod
    Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 16:11
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    @terdon, they are standard. They're in RFC1738 (1994). Not many browsers still support them. lynx does as I said in the question, and you can always configure your firefox to spawn lynx in an xterm to handle them. Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 16:18
  • Ah, yes sorry. I had missed the part about lynx. Fair enough.
    – terdon Mod
    Commented Oct 17, 2020 at 14:55


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