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URL Resource - remove the extra click

 
Dallas Ray Smetter
URL Resource - remove the extra click
Moodle Course Creator Certificate holders

It seems that since we moved past Moodle 1.9 we cannot get the URL resource to automatically display.

No matter what we choose for display options we cannot get the URL to show itself automatically.

It always displays the (something like) the following text:

Click https://externalsite.com/?user_id=382&username=support%40mobilek16.com&emailaddress=support%40mobilek16.com&course_id=13&encrypted_code=cb809e38998ac0f00efa9c3e9abc893ff link to open resource.

And then the user has to make another click on that in order to get to the URL resource.

How can we hack it so that it just goes to the external URL?

Thanks all

 
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Mary Cooch
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click
Documentation writersMoodle Course Creator Certificate holdersMoodle HQParticularly helpful MoodlersTestersTranslators

How about New window? Which you can get via Settings > Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > URL.

 
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Dallas Ray Smetter
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click
Moodle Course Creator Certificate holders

Thank you Mary. Yes, that's what we are currently using but getting a lot of complaints about the new window.

Users say "Why do I have to get another window open? I foget to close it!"

In pre 2.0 moodle, when you set the type to "open", it just went. And that was it. Our users got very used to it and now I am struggling to make things the way they used to be.

 
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FCSD Mustangs
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click
 

I am experiencing the same issue with my site running Moodle v.2.x.  I know there has to be a solution regarding this somewhere.  The extra click is very annoying because this isn't how a regular link would work or how it worked in previous versions of moodle.  Have you found out a solution to this issue?  I would really like to know if you did or anyone else has been able to work around it.  Thanks for any input you can give me.

Chris Howard

 
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Picture of Paul Pennington
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click
 

It is December 2012 now and I am experiencing the same unnecessary double click to display a URL resource.  The Open option should just open the URL in a new window, not lead to a confusing and unfriendly additional Moodle interface page.  How do we get URLs to just diplay with one click.  I haven't even shown this to faculty yet, and know I'll get a great deal of complaint, when I do.

 
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Picture of Paul Pennington
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click
 

According to the Moodle docs on the URL resource, this is the described behavior for the Open option.

Open - No Moodle heading, blocks, footer or description - just show the file in the web browser (e.g. shows image, PDF, flash animation, taking up the whole browser window)

Instead we are getting a separate moodle page with a tiny link to the URL.  Someone needs to fix this.

 
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Picture of Paul Pennington
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

I apologize for using the wrong URL type.  We don't use Open.  We want to use New Window primarily.  In the past that would just display the URL in a new browser window.  Now it opens a new tab with Moodle wrapper and a link in tiny characters to the desired URL.   We want to just click the link and go to the site referenced in the URL.

 
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Picture of Emma Richardson
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
Documentation writersParticularly helpful MoodlersPlugin developers

Selecting Automatic will make the link open from the Course page instead of taking you to the extra Resource Page.  And when I select New Window, clicking the link opens the url in a new tab or window.  I am using 2.3.

 
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Mrs. Waughtal
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

We've been having the same issue after upgrading to Moodle 2.4.  We found that the solution was to use the embed or open options rather than the new window one.  This displayed the page properly, but for embed it had the Moodle frame around it with the navigation.  Depending on the URL we used either.  Not an ideal solution, but better than the extra click on the link.  It would be nice if all the options worked properly like they did previously.

 
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Picture of Joe Amatrucola
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

We are experiencing the exact same behavior since upgrading to Moodle 2.4.  The options were working properly prior to our upgrade, when we were running 2.2

 
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Picture of Dan O'Reilly
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

Hi,

I am having a similar issue trying to create a pop-up page for a file resource in Moodle 2.4; it instead creates a separate pop-up to a window that describes the resource with a link to the pop-up page for the file at the bottom of the description.  So one gets two pop-ups instead of just one, not what I want.  I happen to also have an install of Moodle 2.4+ and the problem doesn't happen in that Moodle, it has been resolved.  So, you might encourage your admin to upgrade to 2.4+ to see if that solves this problem for you.

 
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Picture of Marco Langebeeke
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

Hi Dan, I'm having the same issue after upgrading to 2.4.

You mention it is resolved in 2.4+, but can you confirm it is solved in the recent Stable 2.4.1 release?

Tnx, Marco

 
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Picture of Dan O'Reilly
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

Hi Marco,

I just setup 2.4.1 and the problem is solved in that version.

Dan

 
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Picture of Marco Langebeeke
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

Hi Dan,

Thanks for confirming. I've also upgraded to 2.4.1 and found that it's solved, but forgot to mention it here.

Thanks!

Marco

 
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Picture of Joe Amatrucola
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

Hi All,

I was experiencing the same problems that have been described in this discussion, and thought upgrading to 2.4.1 solved it.  And, it sort of did, because the URLs on my site that I tested were working.

However, I'm noticing that most of the new URLs that we add still have the intermediate page that reads "click ___link to open resource".  Here are the results of some testing I've done, creating URL resources with the Display set to Automatic.

All of these links DO NOT work:

http://www.moodle.org

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/books/review/reasons-to-re-joyce.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0&pagewanted=print

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16424

http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/gallery/#/

http://www.bc.edu

http://php.net/sites.php   (FWIW, I noticed that links to PHP pages don't display the standard URL icon.  Rather, they display a gear icon?!?)

The following links work:

http://beginnersinvest.about.com/od/financialratio

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/create-a-simple-report-HA001230739.aspx#BMusingreportwizard

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/create-a-grouped-or-summary-report-HA010006894.aspx?CTT=3

We are running Moodle 2.4.1 (Build: 20130114).

Honestly, I can't make heads or tails of this.  It seems so random.  I'm inclined to upgrade to the latest build of 2.4.1+ but everyone else said that 2.4.1 solved their problems.

Thanks for any assistance you can offer.

Joe

 
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Picture of Joe Amatrucola
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

Hi All,

I upgraded our site to Moodle 2.4.1+ (Build: 20130214) in the hopes that it might correct this problem, but it did not.

Am I missing something obvious?  Does anyone have a suggestion on how I can troubleshoot this?  How is Moodle deciding which links show up with this intermediate click-through page?

Thanks
Joe

 
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Just wondering . . .
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click New Window
 

Any update on this Joe?

Have you thought of posting a tracker item.

I can find this: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-31015 that claims to be fixed, and is NOT quite the same.

Our case:  Moodle 2.4.3+ (Build: 20130405)

Works: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_DNS_record_types and a lot of wikipedia

No work: http://gpg4win.org/ - intermediate page

Inconsistent and unpredicatable behaviour with URL resource.  Cannot find a reason.

-Derek

 
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Picture of Annick F
Re: URL Resource - remove the extra click
 

In 2.4 is it possible to have a URL (resource) opening in a new window or in a pop up without having the extra click ? I tried different things with no luck.

If it isn't possible, is there a bug logged for it on the tracker? If not should one be logged?

Thanks

 
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Picture of Lars Finnfors
Svar: URL Resource - remove the extra click
 

Hi everyone,  In my opinion, This behavior has been around  at least since ver, 2.2.1
My latest testsite, is 2.4.1+ (Build: 20130214)

I did try the so called "working url:s" presented by Joe Amatrucola, but no luck.
But  I  think I'm beginning to understand why we  have so many different opinions  on the problem.

In my case, the problem with an extra page with the tiny font url:s, only appear when I put the
"url link" on the "main page" and only if I select "new window or popup window".

As soon as there is something diffrent in the "center region" everything works fine.
For example, if "chat room" or "webb news" are selected,
previously to the "url-click", then my popup window works instantly.

In other words, as soon as you click "Home" in "Navigation",
You can't select an url link in there, without having an extra page, that shows up the link.

Regards Lasse

 
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