The Open URL FileMaker Script Step

From Dwayne Wright PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM
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The Open URL Script Step opens a specified Internet URL address or performs other specified URL protocol commands. This means that you can have a combination of web and FileMaker actions within a script that you use in your database solution.

The Open URL script step will work with the HTML commands of http, https, ftp, file and mail to perform such things as

- http / https is used to bring up your web browser and go to a specific web page

- ftp is used to retrieve files from the Internet

- file is used to open a file that you specify via a path given

- mail to opens your email app and gets it ready to send a new email message

By default, the open URL script step will bring up a dialog box. In this dialog box, you can set the URL in a field in the dialog box or you can specify to use a field in the database. The first option is more of a user dynamically set option. The second is used more for designer control.

You can make the URL equal to a field. This means that you could have a different URL for each record. This would mean that when a user executed the script on a record, they could go to a different web page or download something from a FTP site. The designer can hard code in a URL that the script will go to when it executes. The end user can even be shielded from seeing the Select URL dialog box. The third way is to have the user enter in the URL via a pop up dialog box at the time the script is executed. For this to work properly, you will need to make sure the end user can see the Select URL dialog box during the scripts execution.

There is a small check box that allows the script step to perform without bringing up a dialog box. If this is chosen, the user cannot specify or edit the URL to execute while the script is running. This may or may not be what you want to happen, so you should plan ahead.

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