[etoys-dev] Re: URL links within Etoys

Steve Thomas sthomas1 at gosargon.com
Thu Feb 11 00:46:40 EST 2010


Thanks, I was able to get it to work by putting:

ScratchPlugin primOpenURL: 'http://squeakland.org/'

into a Text box, then <cmd-6> and "Do it"

Then I tried to put it into a script by opening an empty script and the
"show textual code" and placing " ScratchPlugin primOpenURL: '
http://squeakland.org/'  (Used my blog post URL instead)

When I clicked on the exclamation point to run it once, well, I wound up
improving my Google Analytics by 3,300% before I had to Force Quit Etoys to
stop it opening pages.  It seems it just kept opening the URL over and over.

I entered a ticket as you suggested, but how can I safely create a script to
open a URL in an external Web Browser?  A sample project would be much


On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 10:44 PM, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de>wrote:

> On 10.02.2010, at 12:16, Steve Thomas wrote:
> Okay, besides, my not being able to count to three ;)
> FYI, the options that show up with <cmd-6> in a "Text" object are different
> from those that show up in a "Scrolling Text" object.
> Stephen
> On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM, Steve Thomas <stevesargon at gmail.com>wrote:
>> I discovered yet another fun new feature in Etoys:
>> When inside a "Text" object if you type <cmd>-6 (or for you windows folks
>> <ctrl>-6) you get some color options, plus: *be a web URL link*
>> *
>> *
>> Yet when I tried this, and clicked on the link, I two prompts:
>>    1. Prompt: Open a browser to view this URL? (then clicked on Yes, with
>>    great hope and anticipation)
>>    2. Prompt: There are no WebBrowser applications registered (Darn, yet
>>    another potentially cool feature, that doesn't work and disappoints me, IMO
>>    we really should clean these things up, so kids have a better experience and
>>    don't get frustrated)
>>    3. Prompt: View Web Page as source (this worked, but of limited
>>    utility, well my mind is not yet capable of figuring out a utility yet).
>> Thanks,
>> Stephen
> The internal web browser was removed, and the external web browser was not
> hooked up yet to that mechanism. On Mac and Windows the following should
> work nowadays:
> ScratchPlugin primOpenURL: 'http://squeakland.org/'
> but it does nothing on Linux IIRC.
> If you are interested in this feature, please open a ticket.
> - Bert -
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