to actually make them useful in printouts.
however, on the print side, this shouldn't
be an issue, as the css print templates should be printing the whole url after links, or is that broken?
You mean, i.e. http://develop.twiki.org/~develop/cgi-bin/view/Bugs/Item1672?cover=print.pattern
should print long URLs without the .'s? Doesn't look that way (ff here).
Anyway, it should be shipped with default off to maintain backward compatibility.
no, i mean when you choose "Print" from the browser, it's supposed to print the whole url after links.