bugGNU Screen - Bugs: bug #50952, Feature request: Hyperlinks


bug #50952: Feature request: Hyperlinks

Submitted by:  Egmont Koblinger <egmont>
Submitted on:  Thu 04 May 2017 09:16:57 PM UTC  
Votes:  100  
Category:  Feature Request Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Release:  None
Fixed Release:  None Planned Release:  None
Work Required:  None

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Thu 04 May 2017 09:16:57 PM UTC, original submission:  

Recently two popular terminal emulators, GNOME Terminal and iTerm2 have implemented a brand new feature: explicit hyperlinks.

Unlike the existing functionality of most terminal emulators of automatically detecting URLs that appear onscreen, this time it's like hyperlinks on web pages: the link target is explicitly specified by the OSC 8 escape sequence and the visible text can be an arbitrary piece of text.

We believe this feature can provide a noticeable productivity boost for plenty of users, and hence we're hoping to get some widespread recognition and support, in which screen joining the game would be a key factor!

Ideally screen would make its presence transparent to the user and make sure hyperlinks work exactly as if screen weren't in the game. This includes autogenerating or mangling the "id" parameter in some trivial way, see the docs linked below for why and how, but that's a piece of cake. The tough^Wchallenging bits is probably coming up with a memory-efficient way of storing a target URL for some of the character cells.

Please see https://gist.github.com/egmontkob/eb114294efbcd5adb1944c9f3cb5feda for details about this feature.

Egmont Koblinger <egmont>


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