Thursday, May 11, 2006 10:15 PM
Is the a way to convert a BOL Url to a MSN Url? I've had a search, and looked at the properties of both local and online pages, but cannot see a way to do this.
When posting replies to these forums I would rather post a MSDN/Online Url to a BOL topic, but I normally search or navigate locally as it is much faster (MSDN TOC is slooow), hence I'd like to then convert that Url.
Friday, May 12, 2006 11:03 PMModerator
The answer is a definitive "sort of and only for some topics".
You can do the following:
1. Get an MSDN URL for any SQL Server BOL topic. This will become a template URL for future link conversions.
2. From you local Books Online topic URL, copy just the guid part of that URL (shown below in blue
3. Paste the guid into your MSDN template url, replacing just the msnnnnnnn portion.
Assuming you save the MSDN URL template somewhere locally, this should be a fairly simple process going forward.
This process will work for any BOL topic except the managed reference topics. Managed reference topics are the Class Library topics (namespaces, classes, etc.) For example, all the topics under the section "Integration Services Managed Programming Reference Documentation" are managed reference topics. You can distinguish these topic types by their URL. Instead of a guid, they have a text reference. For example, ms-help://sql90/dtsref9mref/html/H_home.htm
Hope that helps,
Monday, May 15, 2006 10:32 AMGail, that is just what I wanted, thanks very much.