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Old March 21st, 2006, 10:34 AM
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    I have one problem to ask. When I type http://google.com in outlook it appears as link, but when I type only google.com it does not appear as link. I want to know what determines this? I have a requirement to make a shortcut link for opening some file in my image editor. I want to make link like this clicking on which the file opens in my image editor. Any clue? I guess it can be done by thinking in direction “how does a file say .doc file is associated with MS Word”.

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My best guess in this regard is that outlook editor (basically, an HTML editor), looks for each phrase (well, lets define a phrase as a string of characters which is followed by a space) and tries to match it with a regular-expression. In this case, it probably watches for a pattern like http://<chars>.<chars> or www.<chars>.<chars>

Once it finds such a pattern, lets say http://google.com, it edits the background html to be <a href="http://google.com">http://google.com</a>.

In your case, you can do the same thing by "looking through" the text being typed and replacing the keywords of interest and replacing them by a reference to the image file. For example, watching out for any appearance for a word like "sea" or "ocean", and replacing the word by a link to a picture from Hawaii :).

This editor of p2p.wrox.com would have done the same to some of the phrases in my reply.


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