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mailto hyperlink field in access 2002

by lskeenan / September 9, 2006 1:47 AM PDT

I want email addresses in my access 2002 databases to show up as mailto hyperlinks, to that I can launch email by clicking on the addresses. If I change the field to "hyperlink" then when clicked the browser tries to find http://www.forexample@comcast.net . Seems a simple thing... but I can't find how to format the field as an email address ANYWHERE! Thanks,
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Re: mailto-hyperlink
by Kees Bakker / September 9, 2006 7:13 AM PDT

Lisa,

That seems easy.

It's not VERY smart of Windows to add http://www to the email-address, I agree.

But if you enter the hyperlink as mailto:user@provider.domain (thus something like mailto:myself51@hotmail.com) Windows IS smart enough to recognize there's a protocol defined already (mailto, in fact) so it doesn't add the default protocol (http). So let's describe Windows as SOMEWHAT smart, or NOT THAT stupid.

This seems a reasonable work-around. You can make it still easier for the user, I think, by writing a after-change event procedure to add ''mailto:'' if it isn't already there.

Hope this helps.

Kees

PS. The preview mode shows the (lack of) smartness of the forum software. It DOESN't recognize the above 2 mailto:-thingies as a hyperlink, while it DOES do so with a http://-thing.
And let's hope that spiders searching this forum for email-addresses to send spam to aren't smart enough to extract your email-adress from your post.

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after change event
by lskeenan / September 9, 2006 8:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: mailto-hyperlink

Thanks for the reply. Can you give me a little more information about ''writing a after-change event procedure to add ''mailto:'' "?

Very good point about putting in the email address. eeks. I tried to email a moderator to ask to have it changed.

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Re: event procedures in Access
by Kees Bakker / September 9, 2006 8:13 PM PDT
In reply to: after change event

Lskeenan,

All fields on an Access form (in fact, all objects in Access) have properties, like color or type or size. And most have some form of event procedure, that's a piece of VBA-code (or a macro) that's executed if that event happens. One of the events is 'after change'. If the user changed the contents of the field and leaves it, it's activated.

All you've got to do: check if it's null. If not, check if it starts with "mailto:". If so, do nothing. If it's a string without this you might check if it LOOKS like an email-address (containing a @ and a . in the right sequence, and some other things) and give an error message if it doesn't. If everything looks fine, put "mailto:" in front of the value entered.

Any real-life Access application needs a lot of VBA-code to be workable. This is just a minor example.

Hope this helps.


Kees

PS. What I could do: I can't edit your post (only the forum manager can). But I can repost it (under my name, but I'll make the subject reflect that it's reposted for you), then repost the other posts in the thread and delete the original ones. I don't do it now, because you might have subscribed to that original one and won't get any alerts anymore. If you like the idea, please post so and I'll go ahead.

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(NT) (NT) Lskeenan & Kees --FYI: e-mail address editied.
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / September 11, 2006 2:46 AM PDT
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