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URL Link 2.04.3.1-signed.1-signed
by Neil Bird
URL Link is a small Firefox and Thunderbird extension that allows you to select a non-URL in a mail/news message or web-page, and open it in a browser window.
About this Add-on
For web pages, it also allows you to select textual links/URLs in web pages or edit boxes, and follow them as if they were real links. It will also let you use actual links, and analyses mailto: links as well.
There are currently more translations than I care to keep listing here (thanks to the guys at http://www.babelzilla.org/)!
URL Link has a preferences dialogue allowing customisation of the 'not a proper URL' sub-menu which converts, e.g., "sometext" to "www.sometext.com", so that locale-specific conversions can be added (like 'www.*.co.uk').
Nicknames can be applied to the entries (such that the nickname appears in the menu, not the conversion string) by using a bar '|', e.g.:
It also allows separators to be added to the custom menu by using entries made up of hyphens, e.g. "--".
Upcoming is a prefs. dialogue for custom search and replace strings (e.g., convert Windows driver letter to some file:///mnt/smb/ path for Linux users).
If you have problems with file: or network (\\server\share) links, especially in Thunderbird emails, see the following page:
PLEASE if you have a problem, or wish for a new feature, contact me direct, as I rarely remember to visit this page to check on the comments, so it may take me a while to respond!
If you're particularly trusting, fresh versions can occasionally be found on my website (http://www.fnxweb.com/software-mozilla) as it takes a week or so to get new versions reviewed for listing here.