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further enhanced Chat-Links please

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anonnn
12.30.2012 , 01:43 AM | #1
I'm a huge fan of the linking of missions and equipment in chat, it's a fabulous feature that I've not seen in any other game. In fact it's an excellent example of how computer interfaces in general can function, anywhere that text input from the user can be entered and saved.

I would like to suggest for SWToR an even bigger scope of chat-Linking, to include many other types of links in the game as clickable elements. Here are some ideas:
  • Locations
    This would basically be a waypoint system, and when the linked waypoint in chat is clicked it would add a temporary location-arrival mission to your Mission Log (a bonus mission so it doesn't decrease your mission limit). It should support a title, and should be differentiated in the mission log display by either color or (punctuation). It should be easy to enter waypoints manually into chat, by a notation such as [ord mantell, -976, 201, Collect datacron presence+2]
  • UI Windows
    This might seem only vaguely useful, however it can be astoundingly enabling for the gaming environment. For example, imagine someone asks you where in-game they can switch on the display of count-down timers for the CD on their abilities. Well instead of writing a few sentences of instruction, wouldn't it be awesome to be able to just type it in like: [Preferences:User Interface:Cooldown Settings] and in chat it would show up as a link with the text Cooldown Settings that when clicked, opens the Preferences window and auto-scrolls to the Cooldown Settings group.
  • Cartel Market item-purchase pages
    This needs no explanation what this would help accomplish. Something that correctly interprets links that are written in something like the form [Life Day Orb] would be most convenient to use.
  • Full link functionality in mail messages
    Links should be fully functional with mail messages also. This way guildies could mail convenient link pages amongst the players for all kinds of reference information. There should be a way to flag a mail message as an archive message so it can't be deleted after 30 days. Then people could author help documents or just basic information documents that could be later forwarded to others when they need it. For example, a list of Datacrons and their locations, each with a clickable location link.
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anonnn
01.13.2013 , 01:05 PM | #2
Chat-links of NPCs would be awesome. Maybe not for linking other players into chat, but linking NPCs into chat would allow you to show the rest of the group (or the rest of your faction on that planet) the health level and toughness of an NPC that's near you. I guess it wouldn't show you the buffs, but maybe something could be worked out to allow selection of a linked NPC even when beyond selection range.
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anonnn
02.09.2013 , 06:46 PM | #3
Abilities also ... it would be nice to be able to just link your ability to chat when you're discussing abilities and how to spend skill points. Abilities should be linkable (with shift-left-click) from both the Skill tree window and the Abilities window (including companion abilities).
Boring conversation anyway.
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