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EncodeURLs ( text )

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Menno van Beek, STB Automatisering & Advies BV
http://www.stb.nl

Convert text with URL's into hyperlinks for use in a webviewer.

Sample Input:
Find URL in text like http://www.filemaker.com and also multiple URL's will be found: https://community.filemaker.com/welcome make sure a space is always at the end of a URL
Sample Output:
Find URL in text like <a href="http://www.filemaker.com" target="_blank">http://www.filemaker.com</a> and also multiple URL's will be found: <a href="https://community.filemaker.com/welcome" target="_blank">https://community.filemaker.com/welcome</a> make sure a space is always at the end of a URL


 Then copy & paste into FileMaker Advanced's Edit Custom Function window.

Description:

Simple convert text with URL's into hyperlinks for use in a webviewer. It's easy to add protocols like mailto, fmp etc. Also ¶ are converted into <br />. Function is intended for use with a webviewer.

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This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it

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I have tried it, without any modifications, but get no result. Is there something wrong?

Papapepperoni, Oss, Netherlands
April 29, 2015 9:54pm

I tried to replicate your finding on MacOS and Windows, but with the identical result:

I copied the code from this website into the function-definition-window, named the function: "EncodeURLs" and added one parameter named "text".

Then I opened a dataviewer and pasted:
EncodeURLs ( "Encode URLs in text like http://www.filemaker.com" )

The result was encoded text:
Encode URLs in text like <a href="http://www.filemaker.com" target="_blank">http://www.filemaker.com</a>

I also posted this same function on a dutch forum: http://www.clarify.net/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=9025&start=9#p53531 (but you'll have to subscribe and login there to be able to get the file)

Menno van Beek, Netherlands
April 29, 2015 11:15pm

Thanks, I looked into your example I now understand that the following additions are necessary to get it working:

"data:text/html,<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC \"-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN\" \"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd\">&l t;html xmlns=\"http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml\"><head><meta http-equiv=\"Content-Type\" content=\"text/html; charset=utf-8\" /></head><body>" &

EncodeURLs ( text ) &

"</body></html>"

Papapepperoni, Oss, Netherlands
April 30, 2015 1:04pm

The process of pouring text into a full HTML-page is a total different story. A user may want put the result in a paragraph and assign some styles to it, either inline or with a css. However that's beyond the scope of this function, because it only does what the name "EncodeURLs" suggests. It is only intended to convert URL's in a text to html-encoded URL's, hence this function is not called "ConvertToHTML".

Thank you for your comments

Menno van Beek, Netherlands
May 01, 2015 6:05pm

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