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Would you like to convert links in your theme navigation menu to do powerful things such as switch languages, print the current page or view a shopping cart? How would you like to have a link on a webpage force a linked image or video to download?
A client recently askedd me to add a Botton to his page to reload the current page. All these things and many, many more are feasible with the ActionHost stack. This powerful stack modifies simple links and anchors; making them do things you never thought were previously possible!

What makes ActionHost innovative is the fact that it doesn't force you to write seriously complicated Javascript code or to try to manipulate links with awkward URLs. Simply tell ActionHost which links to look for, select an 'action' from a pull-down menu and configure the action properties. Within a couple of seconds, you can radically change the behaviour of any conventional links within the webpage.

An eon ago, I purchased ActionHost from Tsooj Media, but found it too complicated to use. Will Woodgate has now reworked ActionHost and added more standard options to those previously available. Will also cleaned up the interface and made it simpler to use.
ActionHost is now available on the S4S website.

An example: You have an RWML page (I think I talked about RWML just recently?). By default, you can add a menu, or a stack (i.e. image) to change languages. You, however, decide that you'd like a simple text link somewhere within the opening text.

With ActionHost this is really simple to do – without knowledge of the necessary parameters. Just add a link to your text 'javascript:void(0)', drop an ActionHost stack onto your page. Set the parameters to look for part of the text contained within your link 'French' for instance, or 'language' (case sensitive!) and tell ActionHost that you wish to change 'lang' – in this case to 'fr'.
If you'd like to have a button in the menu bar that prints your page, or returns your visitor to the previous page, it's as simple as adding the corresponding text to the menu and setting an action as described above.

The following new action types have been added to ActionHost v2:
• Add an HTML5 data attribute and value to the link
• Apply a unique ID selector name to the link
• Force a linked file to download (in newer web browsers) and give it a new file name
• Print the current webpage (or save it as a PDF)
• Reload the current webpage
• Navigate back to the previous webpage, that the user came from
• Switch the website language using RWML v2 (due for release very shortly)
• Execute custom jQuery Javascript code

ActionHost has now morphed into a stack that even I can understand and find useful!

Stack Settings

Trigger Properties
Trigger Type - Link Text, Link URL.
Trigger Condition - Equal To, Contains, Starts With.
Trigger Value - The succession of characters to look for.
Action Properties
15 Options - As listed above, plus options such as View PaySnap Cart, Cartloom etc.
The remaining options are variable, depending upon the action requested.

When ActionHost was originally released, it was a stack with interesting possibilities. However, it required coding skills for most actions.
ActionHost version 2 now has a much cleaner interface and includes options that will be useful to many Weavers.

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