Putting a simple email address link into a project timeline

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Can anyone provide me with instructions on how to embed a simple email address url into a project or a place in the timeline?           
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Rick Stone

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I'm guessing here that you are wanting the address to be clickable to open an email message pre-addressed to someone?

*NOTE: This process is going to be fraught with issues and potential failure points.

The first thing you would do is add a Callout containing the email address formatted as you would want to see it. If you want it to appear to be a clickable link, you likely want it formatted as blue and underlined so it appears to be a hyperlink.

Then you would superimpose an Interactive Hotspot in a layer above the Callout on the timeline.

Then you would configure the hotspot to point to a URL. The URL needs to be something like http://www.SomeSite.com/SomeFolder/SomePage.htm (of course, you will change that to point to a valid URL)

Then you would create an HTML page that is coded to redirect to your desired email address. (after you read these steps, if you decide it's worth the extra work to accomplish, I'll be happy to fill in the details of how you create this page)

Lastly, you will then need to create the video and ensure you produce with the controller so you end up with all the associated HTML and JavaScript files.

Once things are generated, you could upload the MP4 to ScreenCast.com and host it from there, or you would need to copy all the output files and folders to your own Web Server and host it from your own space.

Cheers... Rick :)
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abonin

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Terrific!  Thank you Rick!
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There are a few other factors you might want to consider.

1. mailto links only work if the user is using a desktop email client like Outlook, because the link instructs the computer's OS to open that native mail application with a blank email pre-addressed to the mailto address. 

2. That technique doesn't work for anyone who uses a web based email client. (A LOT of people these days.)  For those people the intuitive action is to copy and paste the email address into their web email client.  

3. They could do that from the html page that Rick is suggesting BUT such pages are routinely screen scraped by spambots who will then inundate the mailbox with spam.

4. Exposing email addresses directly on the web is not a good idea these days.  You'd be better creating a link to a contat form that is itslef protected from spambots by recaptcha or a honeypot trap
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Thank you!