Find string and turn into hyperlink

Posted on 2013-02-06
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Last Modified: 2013-02-06
I need to find URLs in some text, and then create hyperlinks.

Example Input:
You can find the answer at http://www.ask.com or you can try http://www.answers.com.

Example Output
You can find the answer at <a href='http://www.ask.com'>http://www.ask.com</a> or you can try <a href='http://www.ask.com'>http://www.answers.com</a>.
Question by:rrhandle8
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by:Kent Dyer
ID: 38862599
Something like..  You will need to do some changing..

If instr(fieldname, "http://") Then
Replace (fieldname,"<a href='")
Else If instr(fieldname, ".com")
Replace (fieldname,".com</a>")
End If

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here is a more complete example..


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Wayne Barron earned 1240 total points
ID: 38862689
Here you go

The only thing is, that you have to have the
at the beginning, in order for it to process it as a link.

Hope this helps.

Author Comment

ID: 38862717

Perfect, but a small flaw.  http://http//www.ask.com.

See the extra "http//"

Author Comment

ID: 38862738
Here is how I fixed it.
' create anchors from URLs
' Updated by Wayne Barron on 2/07/2013
' This first one, will allow you to only write the url, without the http://

Commented out this line
' Text = regEx.Replace(Text, "<a href=""http://$1"">$1</a>")

' This one, you have to provide the http:// in order to process it as a URL
Text = regEx.Replace(Text, "<a href=""$1"">$1</a>")
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Expert Comment

by:Wayne Barron
ID: 38862794
Yea, I was trying something and THOUGHT that I had it working, and jumped the gun and uploaded the newer copy.
However, if you download it now, it is the original code, as I could not get the other one working.
Which was, to make it so you did not have to type in the http://
However, I thought it worked, but it did not.
So, that was the reason for the http:// being embedded in the code like it was.

Have a good one.

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