Launching a local video file by clicking on a link in a web page.

We have 20 office computers. I have a Dropbox folder on each computer. In that folder I have tutorial videos for software we use. I want to create a link on our company website that will launch these tutorial video files. What html code or script could I use that will find the video file using a shortcut path (e.g. C:\dropbox\videos\video1.wmv) in the dropbox folder and launch it using windows explorer. I have tried cutting and pasting this path into the Internet Explorer bar and it goes searching for the path instead of using the path to launch the video.

I understand that any HTML file online must also reference a file ALSO online. I cannot use a path to a hard drive for files from an online file unless I have set up my computer as a server.

Also, there are probably security issues that prevent IE from doing what I would like it to do.

Any suggestions for workarounds are appreciated.
Mike McLoughlinAsked:
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h2g2guyCommented:
Have you tried using the file URI scheme?  That is:

<a href="file:///c:/dropbox/videos/video1.wmv">Link to Video</a>

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When I type the equivalent into Google Chrome, it seems to return the requested result, but your mileage may vary.
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Mike McLoughlinAuthor Commented:

Yes, I have tried file:///C:\ etc, It doesn't seem to work in Internet Explorer. It wants to search for the path on the Internet rather than open the file. However, when I try pasting it into a Windows explorer location bar it opens the file. There must b some script Ican use that would enable IE to do that for me? Any thoughts?
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Mike McLoughlinAuthor Commented:
There has been no response from additional experts.

Also, I notice that when I am using Firefox 4, in the Apple Apps for I Phone page I click on a link that says "View in ITunes" and a popup box appears that states "Launch Application" Then it states ITunes OR it gives me the option to "Choose an Application" Then it gives me the option to "Remember my choice for itms links" This is exactly the kind of script I want to use in this situation. Can anyone point me in the right direction here?
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ddhammCommented:
You say you used C:\dropbox\videos\video1.wmv

Maybe the slash marks need to be changed to / when you use the a href tag? see the example posted by h2g2guy

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Mike McLoughlinAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I did have a problem with the forward slash verses backward slash!
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