Greasemonkey script for forums

If you’ve ever visited the forums you’ll know that any links in the post get enclosed by a call to “javascript:openExternal(’’)” in the href rather than doing it properly in onClick. Amongst other things, this breaks the ability to middle click to open links in new tabs.

This finally annoyed me enough today and as a result, I now use the following greasemonkey script:

// ==UserScript==
// @name           Stupid HP.COM Links
// @namespace
// @include        **
// ==/UserScript==

var a = document.getElementsByTagName("A");
for (var i = 0; i < a.length; i++){
      var href = a[i].href;
      href = href.replace(/javascript:openExternal\('([^']+)'\)/i, '$1');

      a[i].href = href;

This will make the links no longer have the call to openExternal around them, and thus make them middle-click friendly.