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A simple drop-in hyperlink control
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    This is a simple hyperlink control that can be plugged into any dialog. There are already a few examples of this in circulation (PJ Naughter, and one from Paul DiLascia from MSJ) but none had all the features that I wanted. I have used the GotoURL function by Stuart Patterson in the Aug 97 WDJ. It is more robust than a simple ShellExecute, and I have modified it to be a little more Unicode friendly.

    The hyperlink is initially coloured blue, but changes colour when the cursor is over it, and after the user has clicked on it. The cursor that appears when the mouse pointer is over the link can easily be set using CHyperLink::SetLinkCursor, as can the link colours and underlining. The default cursor is a small pointing hand (cursor #106 from the winhlp32.exe file - Thanks to Paul DiLascia of MSJ for that one). There is also a tooltip for the link that dispalys the underlying URL of the control.

    The link has three underline modes which are set using CHyperLink::SetUnderline:

    • CHyperLink::ulHover - Underline appears when cursor is over link
    • CHyperLink::ulNone - No underline
    • CHyperLinkulAlways - Link is always underlined

    To use the hyperlink control, just create a static control (eg IDC_HYPERLINK) and attach it to a member variable of type CHyperLink. The URL for the link is taken as the caption of the static control unless otherwise specified. If no caption for the control is specified then it is set as the URL. If neither exists, then a debug assertion occurs.

    The control can auto-size itself to fit the size of the caption (to preserve a true hyperlink look and feel). The resizing will honour the

    , SS_RIGHT and SS_CENTER flags.

    The control is very simple. The button click and colour notifications are handled by the control, and appropriate fonts and colours selected according to the state of the link. The only tricky bit is handling the button click. In order to do this the static control must have the SS_NOTIFY bit set and a ON_CONTROL_REFLECT handler for the STN_CLICKED message is installed.

    To actually follow the link, ShellExecute is called to open the URL, but if this fails, then the registry is examined in order to find a likely candidate for .htm files. If one is found then this it is launched with the hope that it can handle the URL string supplied. In any case, an error message is displayed on failure.

    Operations for CHyperLink:

    void SetURL(CString strURL);      // Get and set the target URL for the link
    CString GetURL();                 
    // Set (and get) the Link (unvisited and unvisited) colours      
    void SetColours(COLORREF crLinkColour, COLORREF crVisitedColour
                    COLORREF crHoverColour = -1);                      
    COLORREF GetLinkColour();      
    COLORREF GetVisitedColour();      
    COLORREF GetHoverColour();      
    // Set (and get) whether or not the link has been visited      
    void SetVisited(BOOL bVisited = TRUE);      
    BOOL GetVisited();      
    void SetLinkCursor(HCURSOR hCursor);      // Set the cursor for the link      
    // Set (and get) whether or not ot underline the link)      
    void SetUnderline(int nUnderline = CHyperLink::ulHover);      
    int GetUnderline();
    // Set (and get) whether to autosize the control to fit the caption text      
    void SetAutoSize(BOOL bAutoSize = TRUE);      
    BOOL GetAutoSize();

    Note on SetColour: This allows the unvisited/visited and hover colours to be specifed. If the Hover colour (the colour the link appears when the cursor is over it) is -1, then the system highlight colour is used.


    29 Feb 2000 - P. Shaffer standard font modification


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    Chris Maunder
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    Chris is the Co-founder, Administrator, Architect, Chief Editor and Shameless Hack who wrote and runs The Code Project. He's been programming since 1988 while pretending to be, in various guises, an astrophysicist, mathematician, physicist, hydrologist, geomorphologist, defence intelligence researcher and then, when all that got a bit rough on the nerves, a web developer. He is a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP both globally and for Canada locally.

    His programming experience includes C/C++, C#, SQL, MFC, ASP, ASP.NET, and far, far too much FORTRAN. He has worked on PocketPCs, AIX mainframes, Sun workstations, and a CRAY YMP C90 behemoth but finds notebooks take up less desk space.

    He dodges, he weaves, and he never gets enough sleep. He is kind to small animals.

    Chris was born and bred in Australia but splits his time between Toronto and Melbourne, depending on the weather. For relaxation he is into road cycling, snowboarding, rock climbing, and storm chasing.

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    GeneralBackground colour Pin
    Javier Cerezal11-Jan-02 11:52
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    GeneralRe: Background colour Pin
    Emcee Lam29-Dec-02 17:31
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    QuestionHow to support text changing? Pin
    Andreas Eckhardt25-Oct-01 0:53
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    GeneralResource Leak Pin
    Geert Delmeiren6-Sep-01 1:23
    memberGeert Delmeiren6-Sep-01 1:23 
    GeneralI can't create it dynamically Pin
    Allen Sun21-Aug-01 11:42
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    GeneralRe: I can't create it dynamically Pin
    yartiss25-Sep-03 5:04
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    GeneralRe: I can't create it dynamically Pin
    Allen Sun25-Sep-03 12:50
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    GeneralRe: I can't create it dynamically Pin
    Jesper Knudsen25-Sep-05 22:12
    memberJesper Knudsen25-Sep-05 22:12 
    Another two years.. Still no solution to creating dynamically?
    GeneralRe: I can't create it dynamically Pin
    Jesper Knudsen14-Oct-05 3:18
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    GeneralSomething I was searching for Pin
    Jitendra16-Jul-01 8:10
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    Question"open" with new IE window? Pin
    Anonymous13-May-01 14:52
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    AnswerRe: "open" with new IE window? Pin
    tqc16-Sep-01 10:37
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    GeneralRe: "open" with new IE window? Pin
    AnthonyJ9-Nov-01 11:37
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    GeneralRe: "open" with new IE window? Pin
    Tim Smith9-Nov-01 11:47
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    GeneralRe: "open" with new IE window? Pin
    AnthonyJ6-May-02 5:33
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    QuestionSTN_CLICKED ? Pin
    Patrick Corcoran6-May-01 20:37
    memberPatrick Corcoran6-May-01 20:37 
    QuestionCan anyone help a newbie, please? Pin
    Rick Gungadoo5-Oct-00 8:01
    sussRick Gungadoo5-Oct-00 8:01 
    GeneralIllegal Operation using Release build Pin
    C.G3-Oct-00 23:52
    sussC.G3-Oct-00 23:52 
    GeneralIllegal Operation using Release build Pin
    C.G3-Oct-00 23:52
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    QuestionProblems with picture? Pin
    George1-Apr-00 11:29
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    AnswerRe: Problems with picture? Pin
    George1-Apr-00 12:05
    sussGeorge1-Apr-00 12:05 
    GeneralGotoURL still uses strstr Pin
    Matthew Ellis27-Mar-00 1:48
    sussMatthew Ellis27-Mar-00 1:48 
    GeneralPJ has a rclick menu! Pin
    George22-Mar-00 18:17
    sussGeorge22-Mar-00 18:17 
    Generaljust what i need Pin
    Raghav Gupta16-Feb-00 5:56
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