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DOC : please make local <-> online URLs easier to translate by AaronBertrand



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Type: Suggestion
ID: 481024
Opened: 8/5/2009 7:29:06 AM
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Typically when I am supporting end users I perform research in my local copy of Books Online. When I want to give users a link to a specific topic, I prefer to give them the online version, since they may not have the most recent version of BOL (and that topic may have changed), or they may not have BOL installed locally at all.

The problem is, I end up searching MSDN online for some phrase in the topic, and then browsing through the results to make sure I picked the right one (and that it is the right *version* of the topic, since many are almost identical for 2005-2008, but several are subtly different).
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Posted by Microsoft on 1/5/2014 at 6:46 PM
This is a great request and we investigated implementing it in a release of Books Online. A couple of factors came into play - the local<->online URL conversion is a bit more complex than it seems (particularly for API content), and there are challenges from a cross-organizational perspective in implementing a new feature that has an impact on multiple products. These challenges prevented us from implementing the feature. Thanks for the great feedback.
Posted by AaronBertrand on 3/16/2010 at 9:08 PM
Thanks Sabotta, but that's too many steps (and it also requires you to be online, no? I do a lot of my research and catching up on community activity on the train, while offline, and then let the system post my answers in a batch when I am connected again).

How about a "Copy online URL to this topic" button that would place the online URL onto your clipboard? That would be one step.
Posted by Sabotta on 8/24/2009 at 5:26 PM
You can view the URL for the online version of a BOL topic, in the local copy of BOL, by doing the following:

1. In the local copy of BOL (Microsoft Document Explorer viewer), click Options on the Tools menu.
2. Expand the Help node in the left-hand pane, and then click Online.
3. Clear the "Local Help" checkbox in the "Search these providers" box, and then click OK.
4. Search for a topic in the local copy of BOL.
The URL for the online version of the topic is displayed in the URL box at the top of the topic.

For more information about other options, click "Help on Help" on the Help menu in the local copy of BOL (Microsoft Document Explorer).
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