Creating URL link hotspot should be much easier 
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: Alan Lepofsky8175 01 Nov 2007
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The current method of first entering text, then highlighting it, then choosing Create - Hotspot - Link Hotspot, then entering a URL into the tiny field in the properties box, really needs to be modernized.    The best method I've seen for this so far is Facebook's "Post a link" tool, where it even adds in a thumbnail and meta data for you automatically!

1) Ragnar Schierholz456 (01 Nov 2007)
How about a toolbar icon "Create URL Hotspot" which if clicked checks the clipboard for text that looks like a URL. If it finds one, it is prefilled in the new hotspot's URL property. How often do we really type in the URL manually??? I, for one, really do that VERY rarely.
2) Michael Amberg822 (03 Nov 2007)
I was just attempting to create a Hotspot Link with <computedtext> instead of regular text and was not able to do that either.
3) Chuck Hauble870 (04 Nov 2007)
This also needs to be made a whole lot better for adding UNC type links ({ Link }
4) Scott Good177 (05 Nov 2007)
@2: I don't know why you can't put a hotspot around <ComputedText> but you can fake it by putting the hotspot around text first, then pasting in the <ComputedText> object. It'd be a lot better if it just worked, though.
5) Carl Tyler5343 (08 Nov 2007)
Yes it becomes obvious how insane this process is when you have a blog. It wouldn't be so bad if we had a smarticon for it, but there isn't one.
6) Ben Langhinrichs7382 (14 Nov 2007)
For what it is worth (probably not much), the method we came up with to simplify this with our Midas Rich Text LSX 4.00 Wiki links feature was to simple enclose the URL, then a vertical bar, then a title. Since I can't show the format here without it interpreting the URL, see { Link } for an example.
7) Bill Malchisky12192 (16 Nov 2007)
Agreed. Highlight the text, click a Smarticon and it's all done. Should be really easy to implement. All for any productivity enhancements.
8) Knud Højslet3274 (21 Nov 2007)
Hotspots should be able to open other things beside a document - a view, a database, a file attached to a document, a file on a fileserver. And it shouldn't be necessary to code it, but simply selecting what to do in a dialogbox.
9) Andrew Pollack2817 (23 Nov 2007)
It should be like moving files from one explorer window to another.

I should be able to grab a url from firefox or IE, drag it to the task bar entry for the notes client, (which opens that client in the window) and drop it on any document opened in edit mode. THAT part works. BUT, once its dropped it should automatically become a url hotspot. That it does not do.
10) Frank Jania39 (24 Nov 2007)
Amen to this idea. It's 2007 (almost 2008)... links need to be first class citizens and creating one needs to be near effortless. Every time I need to create a link in a Notes document I cringe. I'm not sure what the right answer is, but I'd love the wiki like syntax.
11) Melissa Anez849 (29 Nov 2007)
One of my favorite ideas, even though it's such a small thing. I thought it was a lack of familiarity with Notes on my part that left me going through all of those steps to create something as simple and ubiquitous as a hotlink.
12) Sean Harris360 (14 Jan 2008)
Agree that this needs to be easier,and there are several great ideas here, but I can tell you that Notes is a lot easier than Outlook's usability for hotspots.
13) Tripp Black871 (26 Jan 2008)
i like the "contextual" linking that IBM/Lotus is touting for upcoming release. i hope they have looked at the iphone. it does very well. an email is an e-mail link, a phone number becomes a link to call that person, very slick!
(my only beef is that it doesn't do ldap so we can get users out of the corp directory except as url in safari, which isn't exactly seamless)
14) John Bazley13 (05 May 2010)
I would like to see and easy way to create links within the web browser version of the xpages Discussion Database (Discussion - Notes & Web (8.51). There is no method for browser users to do this as far as I can see. It would also be useful to be able to embed HTML from the web client. Otherwise it's a great template.
15) Mary Beth Raven10 (16 Nov 2010)
Status changed to Complete


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