We are working on COEX! Links Version 2.0 right now, and I thought I'd mention it both to solicit any wishlist items from COEX! Links users potential users, and also to describe the major enhancement.
In COEX! Links 1.0, doclinks (and view links and db links) are converted automatically in the Domino router to one of three formats, an NDL attachments, a hyperlink based Notes URL link, and a text based URL link. Thus, a doclink might become
or it might become
or it might become
Each of these has its advantages for different users. Outlook users may need to use the NDL format, because Microsoft doesn't let the Notes:/// format pass through successfully. Web users might prefer the second format, as it looks nice (the text is configurable) and fits where a doclink used to be. Other e-mail users might prefer the text link which will either become hot automatically in most mail files, or can at least be copied and pasted into a browser. Still, there is an un-met need...
Meeting the un-met need
One of the assumptions behind all of these options is that the user still has a Notes client, yet one of the most requested features for COEX! Links is to be able to work in an environment where there are no more Notes clients. The Domino server still exists, but the Notes clients aren't there, so all three of the formats in COEX! Links 1.0 leave you stranded. Therefore, we are making a small, but significant, change to allow this need to be met.
In Version 2.0, you are able to specify an http URL with configurability (and some mapping to keep links sensible). Now, that same doclink mentioned above can be turned into either
As you will notice, these links do not require access to a Notes client, thus freeing clients to provide their own adaptions to the original Notes documents linked to. In one database, you may want to change the link to
while in another, you might want to change the link to
which is also possible. The format can be specified separately for each database, and in each case, it can be either a hyperlink (link hotspot) or a text link.
Any other wishes or un-met needs?
COEX! Links has been very successful, but the untapped need for such a product is much higher, so if you are a potential user and have a nagging concern or far out wish or even just a question, let me know here or contact us.
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