View Full Version : Web Links in ST2 on iOS

9 May 2012, 1:56 PM
I finally was able to go through the build and get the ST2 app on the iOS Simulator and iOS device, however now just noticing, any time I have a normal http web link in the app, it opens the web page within the application. The bad part about this, there is no back link and if I close the app and open, it still shows the web page.

When running in a web browser, setting the target="_blank" opens a new tab/window and I can browse the site and always get back to the mobile site. Once it is an "app" though, the target does not create a window outside the app but as a wrapped web view. Is there a way to make the links open outside the app? Or do I have to go through and remove all the web http links inside it?

I see someone else asked the same thing on stackOverflow (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9941044/open-external-link-from-web-app-packaged-as-native-ios-app) with no solution either. Is it just not possible in the config when packaging as native for iOS to allow external web links open web browser?

10 May 2012, 8:41 AM
Or is this something that is in future for the native command line packaging, allowing html links to open in external browser on the phone/tablet?

11 May 2012, 10:23 AM
So for now, it looks like I will strip out any web links. The protocols mailto: and tel: work for emails and phones as the iOS handles that outside the app. However, http: links are shown as a WebView inside the app and then you lose the whole app from being used. If there was a way maybe to deliver the web link just within an iframe inside the ST2 app that could be an option, as long as there was a title bar with back button.