Open a website or open a file

It is possible to jump to a webpage directly from a URL in a Descriptive Field

MultiTerm allows the storage of any type of information about a particular term or entry, in general, including any Uniform Resource Locator (URL), that is, a web address. You could use URLs as the content of Descriptive Fields such as "source" or ''remarks". In addition, entire Windows full file paths (see below).

To jump to a webpage directly from a Descriptive Field there are two ways:

  1. By clicking on the [Resource] button, which also shows the corresponding URL when hovering over it. This option will give you the chance to accept or reject this link. Use this option, preferably, for security reasons.
  2. By clicking on the link at the bottom of the application. This option will take you directly to the webpage, no questions asked. Use this option if you are certain that this is a secure website.

Option 1, the [Resource] button will be available only if the content of the selected item contains a URL. The application will be able to fetch a URL inside, for instance, a long description or a term definition.

When you hover over the [Resource] button, it will show the web address of the web page that will open if you click this button. You will immediately see a message showing the URL and a warning if you would like to continue or not in case you do not recognize that particular URL. This is extremely important, since the Termbase, and that particular entry being reviewed, may contain a link to a rogue website. Always proceed with caution.

When you choose to continue you may also see an error message indicating the inability of the application to open that particular webpage. This error may indicate that you are not connected to the internet, or that the URLs is no longer valid or has changed or, as in the case of Termbases with multimedia Descriptive Fields, the URL is truncated. In one word, that URL is not available. To fix this issue try turning off search by multimedia file type, the green button.

Or you can open a local file, or a file in a network share

By saving in a Descriptive Field a full path of your PC (for instance, D:\Termbases\Reference\LLMs_principles.pdf), or a full path in a network share (for instance, a UNC path like \\MainPC\Team10\Tb-inventory.xlsx) just as text, it is possible to open from within Tb-Scout v3.3 that particular file in its corresponding application: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, PDF, HTML, etc.

When you hover over the [Resource] button, it will show a path like in the examples, above, which will open a file or even just a directory, depending on what is saved in a Descriptive Field in a Termbase.

Please note: If full file paths contain spaces, this is treated as a broken link. You may want to avoid spaces while naming files.

What is a Local Area Network (LAN)

A Local Area Network (LAN) is a computer network that interconnects computers within a limited area, as shown in this diagram, which could perfectly represents a small office network. This is a peer-to-peer LAN, which does not have a central server; instead, each device shares resources equally within the network (consisting of an internet router and a network switch with several PCs connected to it). In this diagram one of the PCs becomes the 'server' (\\MainPC), when it makes a resource, such as a folder (\\MainPC\General_Reference) available to other devices and this resource is called a "share", in short. Besides, this path to the 'server' is called a UNC (Universal Naming Convention) path, easily identified by the double backslash at the beginning.

It should be noted that you can easily and without performance issues share your MultiTerm Termbases residing in one of these network shares, and even your Trados Translation Memories. Tip: In general, avoid working directly connected to remote cloud storage solutions like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and others.