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External links

With the (!xlink) (external link) and (!url) commands you can insert links to (parts of) other documents, net sites or hypertexts. The difference to the upper command: UDO doesn't adjust special chars of the link destination. The tilde isn't a non-breaking space in the link destination, too.

UDO: (!xlink) [UDO] [*:\udo.hyp]
ST-Guide: @{"UDO" link "*:\udo.hyp"}
UDO: (!xlink) [Atari] [http://www.atari.com]
HTML: Atari
UDO: (!xlink) [UDO] [Titel@d:/winhelp/udo.hlp]
WinHelp: {\uldb UDO}{\v Titel@d:/winhelp/udo.hlp}
else: UDO (or Atari)

How to use external links inside an HTML file is descriped in the following example:

""(!xlink [Yahoo] [http://www.yahoo.com])!.."" (!nl)
""(!xlink [Web.de] [http://web.de])!..""




  1. You have to use existing topic names for Windows Help. A topic name must contain only numbers and characters form the alphabet. All other characters will be converted by UDO.
  2. You should use *:\ at the beginning of an external link for the ST-Guide to tell it to look for the hypertext in all directories you defined with PATHS in your ST-GUIDE.INF.
  3. Using the switch called !no_xlinks you can suppress the conversion of external links. This is useful if you wrote a source file especially for HTML and you want to make a version for Windows Help or ST-Guide, where the external file would make no sense.

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