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You can automate commonly repeated actions, such as a complex search, or opening a specific Workspace with a specific search, using URL links. Instead of the more common http:// prefix (used to identify a web address), the prefix accord:// points the link to Accordance Bible Software on the person's computer.
By creating these Accordance-specific URLs, you can not only automate complex search or open tasks, but share that information with other people who work with Accordance Bible Software. That sharing can be in your blog, by email, or via social media such as Twitter or Facebook.
The person clicking on an Accordance-specific link (URL) must have Accordance Bible Software installed on their computer. In addition, if the link refers to a specific moduleAny Bible text, or other single tool that can be read in Accordance, including reference texts and articles; may also be referred to as content or resource, it must also be installed.
Put simply, you can create links directly to Accordance.
The structure of Accordance-specific links is:
The ability to manually create Accordance-specific links provides powerful ways to access the desired information.
Right-click anywhere in a Text or Tool and choose Copy As>Location URL.
The link is copied in the format of an Accordance-specific URL.
Below is an explanation of the parts of an Accordance-specific link (URL).
|Part of URL||Meaning||Mandatory or Optional||Details|
|accord://||URL prefix identifying Accordance Bible Software||Mandatory||Each URL must have the prefix accord://|
|[action]||This item defines the action to be performed||Mandatory||
Possible actions are:
|/||Separator indicating the end of the action and the beginning of the rest of your command||Mandatory||The forward slash must be placed after the [action] item.|
Defines the module or name of your favorite Workspace
May also define only the verses to be opened
If not used (defined), the default Text is used to display the verses or search query
Adding items such as 'read' or 'topic' in this place provide you with the daily reading or a topic search, respectively
|;||Indicates that the next item in the URL is a [field]||Optional||
If used, the next part of the URL is a [field]
If not used, you can continue with the indicator for the search query (?)
|[field]||Defines which field will be used in the search query||Optional||The available search fields vary, depending on the Tool|
|?||Begins the search query||Optional||
This must be used to define the beginning of a search query; if it is not used, the indicated module or Workspace opens, but no search will be performed
If [field] is not used, Accordance cycles through the words/verses and tool fields until a valid hit is returned
|[query]||Defines the search query||Optional||
If using Hebrew or Greek characters, they must be typed with a Unicode font
|#[location]||Used to scroll to a specific location||Optional||
If desired, add this to the end of the URL. Enter the specific location in the square brackets.
Texts: The # defines the specific location within the requested tab. For example, accord://search/HCSBS?Moses#Acts_6:14 will search for all instances of Moses, but scroll to Acts 6:14.
Tools: The # specifies the paragraph number you want to scroll to in a Tool. If the Tool has no page numbers, the paragraph number is displayed next to the Table of Contents button. If the Tool does have page numbers, “Page _ of _” is displayed instead. You can click on that text to display the paragraph number instead.
Blank spaces cannot be used in a URL. A blank space is represented by typing one of the following:
Following are a few Accordance-specific URLs with an accompanying explanation of how they will work on your computer.
Opens your default Bible with a list of all verses about the topic 'Marriage.' This link is identical to pressing <SHIFT> and clicking on the word 'Marriage' when the word is displayed as a topic in the Info pane. It is also identical to doing a search [TOPIC Marriage].
Searches for the topic article, to get its definition or explanation, rather than a list of verses. The results of this search are identical to those when you click the word 'Amos' when displayed as a topic in the Info pane.
accord://read/daily or accord://read/daily?July_4
Opens your default Daily reading for the current day, or a specific day, respectively. Month abbreviations are not supported, you must use the full name.
Opens the English Standard Version with Strong's references to Mark 1:1
Opens the New Living Translation Second Edition
Opens Genesis 1:1-4 in your default Text module
Opens the Anchor-Yale New Testament Bible Commentary
Searches the ESVS for all occurrences of the word "Moses" and displays the search results
Opens the Holman Christian Standard Bible with Key Numbers and searches the "Words" field for all instances of the word "John"
Opens the Comfort New Testament Text and Translation Commentary, and searches in the "Manuscripts" field for the Hebrew letter א
accord://open/English%20Study Opens the Workspace entitled English Study
accord://open/English%20Study?Adam or accord://open/English_Study?Adam Opens the Workspace entitled English Study and searches for the word "Adam"
accord://search/HCSBS?John#Acts_2 - Runs a search for the word 'John.' Rather than displaying the first hit in the text, the display scrolls down to the hits beginning at Acts Chapter 2.
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