For emails, it reconnects links in emails which have been broken across several lines, and also replaces spaces with the URL character code %20 so that you may follow emailed network 'file:' links (which it auto-detects from Windows "X:" or \\servdir references).
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.
It analyses 'mailto:' links (converts, e.g., mailto:email@example.com
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:http://kb.mozillazine.org/Links_to_local_pages_do_not_work#Firefox_1.5.2C_SeaMonkey_1.0_and_newer