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External Linker

Developer jstar198
Update Time Aug. 9, 2009, 4:43 p.m.
PHP Version: ? +
WordPress Version: 2.8.3

Tag

validation link target external blank xhtml strict

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Description:

You know how target="_blank" is invalid in XHTML strict? Well, this plugin uses a Javascript hack to get around this. The code was originally taken from this thread I came across: http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum21/11165.htm For posts/pages, the plugin will automatically captures any target="_blank"'s inserted by the WP editor and modifies them to keep the page XHTML Strict valid. Then some small Javascript is inserted into each page which re-inserts target="_blank" so that the functionality is restored after your page has been validated! For non-post/page content (eg templates/widgets), simply give your outbound links a class name of external, and the rest will be done automatically while keeping your page XHTML valid.

Installation:

  1. Upload/Copy plugin to your blog.
  2. Activate it.
  3. In posts & pages, links containing target="_blank" will be handled automatically. (This can be turned off by setting EXTERNAL_LINKER_USE_FILTER to false in the plugin file.)
  4. For templates & widgets, instead of using target="_blank" simply give your links a class name of external. (This name can be changed by editing EXTERNAL_LINKER_CLASS_NAME in the plugin file.)

FAQs:

How does this affect my styles/CSS?

Not at all. The external class name is not used for any styling purposes, and you can just combine it with whatever class names you're already using, eg: class="external my-other-class"

Does this work on admin pages?

No, it only modifies links on non-admin pages (this is by design).

Can I change the required class name from external?

Yes, simply open external-linker.php and change the EXTERNAL_LINKER_CLASS_NAME constant.

Can I turn off the automatic post filter?

Yes, simply open external-linker.php and change the EXTERNAL_LINKER_USE_FILTER constant to false.

Changelog:

0.2 0.1