Is there a way to have Confluence generate links to external websites automatically on an identifier other than @ or camelCase?

We have items with unique part numbers with all part numbers ending always in '-ND' (ex. 129-555-ND). Is there a way to have this automatically link without going through the addition of [129-555-ND@identifier] ? Preferably I'd just like anything that follows the format of 'anything-ND' (spaces are the only delimiter) to retain the text and become an external hyperlink that goes to our search engine. I supposed the camelCase auto link would be another example of this type of functionality, but obviously not quite what I want.

Is anyone aware of a plugin or resource for developing/modifying such a functionality?

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I did this with a total hack -- would love to see this as a plugin though. I just search for a regex and replace it with my custom HTML (which happens to be a link).

I used it to auto-link JIRA ticket numbers, and also to auto-link tickets to our external customer support site (by writing either "ticket 23445" or "#23445").

I used the ba-replacetext javascript by Ben Alman, and then created a javascript file:

jQuery.getScript('', function() {
    console.log('Doing text replacements..');
    jQuery('article *')
        .replaceText( /([A-Za-z]{2,3}-\d{1,5})/gi, '<a href="$1" title="View JIRA issue $1 (new tab)" target="_blank">$1</a>' )
        .replaceText( /(#|ticket ?)(\d{5,7})/gi, '<a href="$2" title="View support ticket #$2 (new tab)" target="_blank">$1$2</a>' )

I then modified confluence's `/opt/atlassian/confluence/confluence/decorators/includes/header.vm` to include my file, by adding at the bottom:

<script type="text/javascript" src="" ></script>

After restarting confluence, this works great.

Of course, the JIRA inbound links don't work but while migrating to confluence, I have a lot of content that already has JIRA issue numbers embedded in the text (that auto-link from our old wiki) and so this at least gives me usable links.

I'm new to confluence, but have been using this same method in JIRA for over a year to auto-link support tickets, changesets, build references, etc. The only thing to watch out for is after upgrades, you have to reapply the header change.

@bombledmonk : In your case, the replace line would be something like: .replaceText( /(\S+-ND)/gi, '<a href="$1" title="View product $1 info (new tab)" target="_blank">$1</a>') though I'd recommend being more precise to only link plausible part numbers and avoid false positives (eg, if all numbers were like the pattern you gave 525-446-ND, you could use /(\d{3}-\d{3}-ND)/)

That looks like it would accomplish my goal as stated. Thanks for the great idea. I've tested out something similar now and it more or less does what I want. The only problem I've discovered now is that SEO value is likely lost when the links are rendered using javasript after the page load.

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I don't think there is any way to do this. The only option you have is using the Confluence Short Cut links feature: which requires the @ symbol.

I'm not aware of any existing plugins that do this, but you could build something that watches for page create/edit events, then parses the entered text looking for patterns that match your requirements, and then replaces them with the full URL, or possibly the '@' markup if you're ok with it being present. But seems like a custom plugin to me.

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