I am new so please forgive me this question
If a field only contains a URL, you could make the field a button that uses the "Open URL" script step. If you need users to be able to edit the field, you'll need to decide what behaviour should allow editing (since clicking opens the URL). If you want the field data to be blue and underlined, you can simply apply that formatting.
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It is possible to set up a block of text where underlined text that is part of the block functions as a link where clicking it either navigates to another part of your solution or opens a web page in your web browser.
There are two different ways that this can be done but both are not necessarily something someone new to FileMaker may want to try. It can be done, however, so if you want give it a try, let us know.
I was just searching for the same thing and this is what I ended up doing. I have the URL field as a plain text so they can put in anything they want, doesn't have to conform to http://, https://, etc. I then put a button right next to the field that runs a script that opens the URL (passed in as a script parameter). Works like a champ. I even have the button hidden if there's no URL specified. If the URL text is bogus, my browser will tell me. Seems sufficient for now.
Good tip, kmacstuf ! I've used similar to send the field to the web viewer, so the URL is shown, but only when requested.
I have found that including the 'http://', 'https://', 'mailto:', 'tel:' (the scheme ) is very important. I will even verify that an URL field has something for a scheme. The reason that I prefer the full URL, is that a print of the field (to PDF) or pushing the field to a text (email, for example) may have the "clickablity" applied to that URL by the apps reading the document. Even this forum has change your schemes to "hyperlinks"!
I'm trying to do something like you are describing. Can you elaborate? I want to have a "text" report that is built up from numerous fields inside of my Filemaker application. I would like to allow the user to click on various (many) links within the text and jump to the specific data entry field inside of my Filemaker application. Solution must run in Filemaker Pro Desktop and WebDirect. Very appreciative on ideas on how to gracefully accomplish this.
It depends on exactly which method you want to implement. The best method is likely to display the text in a web viewer where the links can be true URLs--even if the URL is to perform a script in your solution. I haven't implemented such myself so I'm not a good source of the details. If you search this forum though, you might find some good examples of this by Jeremy Brown.
What I came up with long before I knew about the web viewer option, was to use a calculation field, special text formatting and a script trigger. You can find a working example of this on the "resources" layout in both of the "Adventures in FileMaking" files. It's a variation derived from what is described in the non-portal based examples within "portals and other pick lists".
I forgot to include the link: Adventures in FileMaking #2-enhanced value selection
Thanks. I'll take a look. I like the idea of having a URL that behaves like a button. That's what I'm aiming for anyway. ;-)
Either option, mine or the webviewer approach can give you that functionality in FileMaker Pro. I should add that my method does not work in FM GO or in a field equipped with a scroll bar. The FM GO limitation pretty much killed my original idea to publish the Adventure files with an FM GO "reader" that supported non-linear paths through the data with embedded hyperlinks while the reader used FileMaker Pro or Advanced to actually work with the demo file.
What I came up with was ultimately far simpler to produce but it has always bugged me that tapping into a text field in FM GO puts the cursor at the end of the field instead of where you tapped.
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