How do I link to a web page repeatedly with a description

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I have a web page which I wish to repeated cite inline in a biography.  I understand the functionality of <ref name="Name">XXX.html<ref> first and then simply <ref name="Name"/> for each addition reference.  However, the URL Is cryptic when it shows up down in the references section.  What I would like to see down in the references section is:

XXX.html - This is the Interment Permit of John Doe.

Can't seem to figure it out.  It is likely obvious but escaping me.
in Policy and Style by Jeff Timmons G2G6 (9.6k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
I assume by cryptic that you mean the web link is either considerably long or misleading. The basic format would be to add a ShortName to the link using wiki formatting, such as:

<ref name="XXX">[xxx.html ShortName] - This is the Interment Permit of John Doe.</ref>

alternatively, to have the whole thing as a link, it would be:

<ref name="XXX">[xxx.html - This is the Interment Permit of John Doe].</ref>

If that is not what you are looking for, let me know more about the link, and possibly a profile you are working on with it and I can take a look.
Thanks.  That satisfies my request.  I knew someone would answer very quickly.  I think I just didn't experiment enough before asking.

Try copy pasting this site into your browser, I found it to explain many answers.

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Advanced Sourcing

Repeated use of the same source in the same profile

Here's how to use the same source citation multiple times. The first time you use it, include a "name" inside the ref tag, like this:

<ref name="birth certificate">Birth Certificate of George Russell Beebe, Registration 398-5554-428 (1920), Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services - Bureau of Vital Records, Personal copy in the files of [[Beebe-655|Barbara Beebe]]</ref>

In all following references you can just use this:

<ref name="birth certificate" />

Done this way, all subsequent footnotes for this same source will point to the same footnote at the bottom of the page. Note that " in the "birth certificate" example above is a quotation mark, not two apostrophes.

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