If I type in a link with no anchor it gets rendered as an internal link.

www.google.com -> myDrupalSitewww.google.com

To solve this issue I overrode the LinkitEditorDialog:

public function submitForm(array &$form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {

    // determine if external link need protocol prepended
    $attributes = $form_state->getValues()['attributes'];
    // If Url is valid, not recognized as external,
    // and does not start with a slash '/'
    if (UrlHelper::isValid($attributes['href']) && !UrlHelper::isExternal($attributes['href']) && $attributes['href'][0] != "/") {
      // add generic protocol so url is recognized
      // as external
      $attributes['href'] = "//".$attributes['href'];
      $form_state->setValue('attributes', $attributes);

    // Generate response.
    return parent::submitForm($form, $form_state);

And then to get rid of the relative protocol on the front end I overrode plugin.js in the saveCallback:

             // Use link URL as text with a collapsed cursor.
              if (range.collapsed) {
                // Shorten mailto URLs to just the email address.
                // remove relative protocols
                var raw_text = returnValues.attributes.href.replace(/^mailto:/, '').replace(/^\/\//, '');
                var text = new CKEDITOR.dom.text(raw_text, editor.document);

I'm hoping you can integrate some version of this into your module so that I can remove my custom code.



lee.cocklin created an issue. See original summary.

lee.cocklin’s picture

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anon’s picture

Project: Linkit - Enriched linking experience » Drupal core
Version: 8.x-5.0-beta5 » 8.4.x-dev
Component: Code » ckeditor.module
Category: Bug report » Feature request

This is rather an issue of the default Drupal Link plugin. Linkit only extends that.

Wim Leers’s picture

Title: Links without protocol set as internal » URLs with top-level domain but without protocol should get a protocol added automatically
Component: ckeditor.module » editor.module
Category: Feature request » Task
Issue tags: +Usability

Thanks, @anon, for moving this to Drupal core's issue queue.

This is clearly a usability problem. We could add some detection logic in \Drupal\editor\Form\EditorLinkDialog::submitForm(), to automatically prefix the URL with a protocol: http:// or https://. But which of the two? How can we reliably guess? Should we perform a request?

The developer answer would be "just type the protocol", but that's of course not very usable. Not sure yet how to proceed here.

anon’s picture

I didn't even think about the http vs https. That is a hard one.

Just to perform a request wouldn't be a 100% solution. Both protocol can exists at the same time, and even link to two different targets.

To force the user to add the protocol if the "link" seems like a URI is not an option either in my mind, as entity URIs actually can be something like /www.something.com as in (http:example.com/www.something.com)

Wim Leers’s picture

Agreed with every one of your points!

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