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Re: datasheets as URIs


On Thu, Aug 08, 2013 at 11:21:02AM -0500, Dick Hollenbeck wrote:
> I've found it easier to correspond with board stuffers if I use http:// links to
> datasheets rather than putting them on my disk.  Plus this way the schematic parts which
> link to them in the DATASHEET property/field are suddenly more general and cross project
> capable.

Good idea. Too bad manufacturers move them and/or make them available in
strange ways... IIRC Microchip links go dead whenever a doc get updated,
for example (at least they don't leave stale documentation around...)

> EHNANCE: add a "Show" button to the two text field properties
> dialogs which allow editing of component properties. The button
> is active when the table row cursor is on the DATASHEET field only.
> When active, and your datasheet is a URI, then your default
> browser will be launced to show that datasheet if it can find it.
> This incentivizes use of http:// links for datasheets.

A properly configured browser should eat without problem even a PDF, so
it's a good solution anyway. The 'default browser' is however a sticky
question, especially under Linux :P it's obvious it doesn't have
a shell-execute function like Windows.

Well, for start I don't have the lsb_release command (whatever it's for)
that the new wx tries to call four times at each launch!

Lorenzo Marcantonio
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