* "Open source" for URLs

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"Open source" for URLs

Post by Hans_S » 05 Apr 2021 12:03

Some fields can contain URLs, like "Publication info" of a source or "File" of a media record. My wish is to open a web browser, or a file system browser, from the content of such a field if it contains a http/https URL or a local file specification.

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Re: "Open source" for URLs

Post by tatewise » 05 Apr 2021 12:15

For some fields in FH V7 that can be achieved by converting them to active links in the Rich Text Note window.
Such fields are all Note fields, the Text From Source fields, and a few others, but not Publication Info.

The Move Note URL to Rich Text Web Link plugin automates that process for URL in Note fields.
It could be extended to include Text From Source fields and others with a Rich Text capability.

The Add Media URL Shortcut plugin will convert a URL in the File link field of a Media record so it is a clickable item.
However, it is advisable to download such Media as a local PC file because URL have a nasty habit of changing.

It is always possible to copy & paste the URL into the address bar of any browser and open the webpage.
Mike Tate ~ researching the Tate and Scott family history ~ tatewise ancestry

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Re: "Open source" for URLs

Post by Hans_S » 11 Oct 2021 19:37

Hi and sorry for the delayed reaction...

Unfortunately, none of your suggestions meets my needs. You are right, it is much better to download sources, but often I'm in a hurry and just create a new source with a title and the URL in the "Publication Info" field, and link it to the "Download" note. Later, I come back to that note and download all the sources, add media records, "text from source" and more. That is the time when I'd really appreciate the requested function.

Yes, I can copy&paste the URL into the browser, or (which is faster) press Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Win+R, Ctrl+V, Enter (mark all, copy, paste into the "Run" dialog and execute). However, this is five key presses. If it could be just one mouse click at the right end of the "Publication Info" field, it would be much easier; the more so as the five-key-sequence must be initiated by a mouse click on the "Publication Info". Even a context menu item would reduce the interaction to two mouse clicks.

Having used computers since the 80'ies, I have found a mix of keyboard and mouse usage which makes my work most efficient and smooth. But as I'm getting older, my eyesight gets worse, and my fingers don't find the keys as well as they used to - and therefore, reducing the number of required interactions is not purely a question of comfort...

Hans

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