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Re: [Orgmode] marking out-links

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] marking out-links
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 08:56:49 -0700

On Jul 5, 2008, at 4:00 AM, Jose A. Ortega Ruiz wrote:


One featurette that i would find useful is the possibility of
distinguising link types visually: for instance, having the link text
overlay display an additional mark (say, a * or a fancy unicode arrow)
when it is an http[s] or ftp link (as opposed to a link to a local file, email, etc.). If providing the basic functionality is not difficult, one
can think of additional customizability like associating different
markers to different protocols and so on.

On a related note, it would also be useful to have a mode or command to
see the URL of the current link echo-ed in the minibuffer. I currently
use a quick-and-dirty command for that (it also puts the link in the
kill ring for convenience):

I you rest the mouse over the link, a tooltip window will show the link.
Additional markers in the display text would require hacking the function
`org-activate-bracket-links', but I am not in favor of this proposal.
If you dont like using the mouse, one could use an idle timer to display
the link in the echo area when the cursor is on the link - I have done
something like this with RefTeX, on BibTeX references.

- Carsten

(defun jao-org-copy-link-at-point ()
 (if (thing-at-point-looking-at "\\[\\[\\([^]]+\\)\\]\\[[^]]+\\]\\]")
     (let ((link (substring-no-properties (match-string 1))))
       (kill-new link)
       (message "%s" link))
     (message "No link at point")))
(define-key org-mode-map "\C-cv" 'jao-org-copy-link-at-point)

but this doesn't work as an 'show link in the mini-buffer, in the sense
that i have to press C-cv to see the link.

What do you think?

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