Re: tracker breaking some links

From: Mary Ann Kelley <maryann@thehomeschoolmom.com>
Subject: Re: tracker breaking some links
In-Reply-To: Re: tracker breaking some links
Date: March 5th 2013

Justin wrote: That's sort of strange, since the redirect links in the new-style tag doesn't work, unless you specifically use double quotes...
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You are right - it must not be Tracker causing the problem. When I changed it from double quotes it fixed the line break in some cases, but it broke the link tracking. Even without link tracking it still happened in some cases. I run Tracker by default so I assumed that was the problem, but it must be an issue with Dada in general.
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Justin wrote: Hmm, "%0A" is the encoding for a Line Feed - which makes one suspect that the link was placed on multiple lines, somewhere along the line. I tried to do this manually - just in Dada Mail's Send a Message screen - doing something like this in the source of the message: 

<a href="<?dada redirect url="http://exa
mple.com" ?>">Click Here!</a>

But that's not supported either - the entire tag has to be on one line. So I'm not sure when that line feed is introduced. Is the original URL in the database? Look in the, "dada_clickthrough_urls" table. It has a column named, "url" that holds the click through URLS.  

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I'm not sure what is going on. There is no line break in the URLs when I put them into Dada - I checked that carefully. I'm not adding the tracker code manually - I have it turned on for all mailings. I just looked through the database and didn't see any issues in the URLs stored there. Here is a different example (same mailing) - the script added the tracker formatting but the tracker didn't do its magic to replace it with a custom string and it came through the email with the redirect still in the code like this (you can see the first link didn't parse but the second one, which was formatted exactly the same way, did):

<li><a href="<?dada redirect url="http://www.the
homeschoolmom.com/schoolroom/st_patricks_day.php" ?>">St. Patrick's Day</a> - March 17 </li> <li><a href="http://homeschoolnewsletters.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/r/thsm/075403528672/">Passover</a> - March 26 </li>

It looks like it's introducing a line break after http://www.the in this link too. But in the code I put into the mailer, that was all on one line with no break. And here's the thing - when that happens, sometimes I admit defeat and just take that bulleted item out, and on the next test it does the same thing, but on the next bulleted item.
Warm regards,

Mary Ann






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