Subject: RE: Add hyperlinks capability
From: Johnston, Ray (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jun 04 2001 - 12:37:52 CDT
You ask interesting questions, rms. I had to think about your question a
lot before I caught on. Thanks to all who also commented on my suggestion.
Yes, I think the "right-click" approach would work fine. I'm not as
familiar with gnome-terminal or xchat as I guess I should be. Sounds like
they support an "automatic" way of determining what application to use when
you make your choice. I had thought a simple profile setting might do the
trick, but had restricted my thinking to just html hyperlinks. The comments
about using this feature to "jump" from an index to the proper
section/paragraph in the same document is another excellent example. Same
for the "calculate" link, although I'm not sure how I would use this from a
Another link type might be a file reference on the local machine (or one
mounted to that local machine): the file type would determine "how" the
document was opened (file is a directory, another AbiWord document, a
Once we figure out the pattern for one type of hyperlink, perhaps that
pattern would make it easy (for a user, perhaps?) to extend it in another
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: Add hyperlinks capability
On Thu, May 31, 2001 at 08:36:30AM -0500, Ray Johnston wrote:
> Have you considered adding hyperlinks to the "Insert" menu? That way a
> user could click on the link and be taken to the reference directly.
> Just being able to recognize the reference as a hyperlink (http://,
> ftp://, mailto:, etc) and act on it (sent it to a browser application?)
> would be sufficient. Adding the capability to label the reference would
> take it "over the top".
should we just do like gnome-terminal and xchat?
when the mouse is over what seems to bwe an hyperlink, right clicking on
them will add the option to follow that link in a browser.
It would seem to me that for that we'd need the application to follow "a
word" with the mouse, and try to guess what's under it:
normal text => normal menu
hyperling => " + hyperlink
numeric exp => " + calculate
although it may not seem much of an important feature (and maybe it isn't)
it's an insightfull one, imho.
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