6 Replies Latest reply on Oct 28, 2015 6:07 AM by Russ Ward

    Hypertext input argument method needed

    rhp006

      Hi Fm users. We are trying to automate a bunch of activities which also includes adding hypertext (Go to URL) by taking a part of URL of the hypertext from the source word itself.. For example: xyz has to have a hyperlink which contains https://"Common code" xyz. We are looking for a method in FM scripting which can actually take the arguments dynamically. Is anybody aware of it? please let us know! Thanks

        • 1. Re: Hypertext input argument method needed
          frameexpert Level 4

          It is not clear to me what you are trying to do. If you would like to meet offlist via my GoToMeeting account, I will be glad to look at what you are trying to do. Thanks. -Rick rick at frameexpert dot com

          • 2. Re: Hypertext input argument method needed
            rhp006 Level 1

            Hi frameexpert,

             

            Thanks a lot for the reply. What we are trying to do is to automate the process of providing hyperlinks to selected number of rows in a table. We are just stuck as to which method and what arguments to be used to provide the same. Any guesses as to few methods and the type of arguments to be given also would do. We will experiment with them.

             

            Your help is much appreciated. Thanks.

            • 3. Re: Hypertext input argument method needed
              Russ Ward Level 4

              rhp,

               

              Like Rick, I did not understand your first post. I'm still not sure that I understand. My guess is this... you want to insert Hypertext markers with a "message URL" command, and you want the URL to be generated based on text in the document. Is that close at all? If so, I have to warn you that this would require advanced scripting skills. It would mean a certain measure of text analysis and manipulation that is not for the beginner. I'm not saying you can't do it... just that a "few methods" and "experimentation" may not get you there.

               

              Russ

              • 4. Re: Hypertext input argument method needed
                rhp006 Level 1

                Hi Russ,

                 

                Yes you have got me right. That is what we want to do. We would actually want the URL to be generated based on text in document. But if that is too complex to be scripted, we could also do with giving a part of URL as a static one and remaining or basically the end part of URL to be entered by the user manually. (As that is the only thing that may vary). But foremost, we would like to know the method for doing the first step.

                 

                Thanks in advance for the help.

                 

                - Hari Priya.

                • 5. Re: Hypertext input argument method needed
                  frameexpert Level 4

                  Do you have any budget for this job? If you send me complete specs offlist, I can give you a quote to script it, or at least get you started. It is unlikely you will get help here because your requirements are a little vague. Thanks. -Rick rick at frame expert dot com

                  • 6. Re: Hypertext input argument method needed
                    Russ Ward Level 4

                    Along with what Rick said... it is not too complex for a script. In fact, it sounds like a great use case for scripting. The problem is that you need advanced skills to make it work. This forum is a good place for answers to specific questions, not for a general tutorial on how to accomplish a complex task. If you are really starting from the beginning, you'll need to either go back and prepare for some extensive study or pay someone to do it for you.

                     

                    Please know, though, that I don't mean to discourage you. The FrameMaker scripting/API interface is one of its great strengths. I had a similar type of need once, where I was working in a glossary and I wanted all glossary terms in definitions to become cross-references to their corresponding glossary entries. This would have been a time-consuming and error-prone task to do manually, but with a script it was very fast and automatic. So, scripting is great, but some tasks require more knowledge than others. Unfortunately for you in this case, your task is one of those.

                     

                    Russ