# [pdftex] Underscore in URL using hyperref (very old issue?)

Michael Chapman mchapman at mchapman.com
Tue Apr 16 17:45:25 CEST 2002

On Tuesday 16 April 2002 08:20, Barry McMullin wrote:
> For the record: things were actually a bit more complicated for
> me: I had simplified the example I posted to get the "simplest"
> test case.  But what I was "really" doing, was defining a macro
> of my own, looking more or less like this:
>
>   \newcommand{\hoturl}[1]{\href{#1}{#1}}

Mmm, also for the record, I do this (in Latex):

\newcommand{\WEB}[1]{\href{http://#1}{\emph{\textcolor{web}{#1}}}}

much the same (but getting rid of the "http://", as well).

It's a useful macro, but not robust enough for all URL's. Suppose one of us
should re-write it to do the escaping ...

Suspect these may be too custom for consideration for inclusion in hyperref?
(E.g. not only changing colours, but font shapes:
\newcommand{\MAIL}[1]{
\href{mailto:#1}{\textcolor{mail}{\footnotesize \texttt{#1}}}} ), though
some simple escaping routine might be useful as a building block?

Regards,
Michael.