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how to define a class for a link?

Juergen Philipp Jul 10, 2012

Hi community,

following situation:
We want to open all external-links in a new window. Therefore I add the javascript in custom-html as desicriped in other questions.
That works fine - now comes the 'but' ;-)
There are also links inside a page or in the page-tree, which are inside the confluence, but the get automatically the class "external-link".

Is there any way to change that class by adding specials to the link?

Thanks for assistance.

best regards

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Matthew J. Horn Jul 10, 2012

I'm assuming you're using something like this in your HTML:

AJS.$("a[class='external-link']").after(' <img src="/confluence/images/main_page/external_arrow.png" alt="External Link">');

That specifically applies only to anchors (links) that are of the class "external-link". Inter-confluence links should not have that class associated with them. Under what circumstances are you seeing inter-confluence links using this class?

Also, as a side note, I add the following to open a new browser tab when a user clicks an external link:


Makes for a nicer user experience, imho.

Juergen Philipp Jul 11, 2012

Hi Matthew,

no, I'm entering:

[back to Dashboard|]

in the navigation-bar of "Theme navigation"
and when checking the generated HTML-code by Firebug i.e. I see that automaticall a "class='external-link'" is added.

And I add this:

<script> jQuery(document).ready(function() { jQuery(".external-link").attr("target", "_blank"); }); </script>

at the Header-part in the "Custom HTML".

I would be happy to know how to add "normal" html-language (which will not be changed/added by the interpreter) ;-) but I guess that's not possible :-(

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