Portage Bay
Solutions
Portage Bay

Linked Web Browser Page in FileMaker Web Viewers

Web viewers extend the capabilities of FileMaker by letting your database interact with the web. Recently we added a simple web viewer to E-Com, our special education software in FileMaker, that displays a web page with recent news and events. We wanted the users to be able to click on a link within the web viewer and see the linked page in a window in their web browser outside of FileMaker. It sounds simple, but turned out to be a 'gotcha' because FileMaker's default behavior is that all interaction with the web page happens within the web viewer in FileMaker. There is no preference to open links in a new windows. 

The simple fix to this issue is to use a bit of HTML, using the 'target="_blank”' syntax to allow the link to open up in a new window.

In the demo download below, we have a web viewer object set up that will perform a search for the given product in different search engines.

The web viewer is using the  'target=“_blank”'syntax so that clicking on each link will open up a new browser window, leaving the web viewer object intact.