David Abernathy comment
“What happens to these links when a GEDCOM is made and then opened in a different FTM file and/or different program?”
David I don’t completely know the answer to this, but I will continue to check it out
1 - I am personally more worried about broken Web Links and/or the place where the link company goes to goes out of business and the link no longer exists
2 – I don’t personally use GEDCOM’s except to port my data base to another system that doesn’t read FTM 2012. An example being GENViewer, which I sometimes use due to its analytical capabilities and when I do this I am not worried about Web Links
3- If they don’t implement this I will still keep a straight list of Web Links on MS Word and be able to use the list to get back to the Web Site.
4- A little closer to your question. This Web Link concept is not all that new to FTM 2012. Presently FTM has the capability to link “Images” in a users Image file to the actual Web Site where the Image actually resides. This Web Link process is technically almost exactly the same process, so if users are not worried about GEDCOM’s in the presently implemented Image File concepts why should they worry about them here in this Web Link process. The only real difference between what people now do and what I am suggesting is that I am suggesting some additional software be written.
Think about it this way. The so-called Media Usage Report is basically a list of “Images” where the image can [and probably does in a lot of user cases] reside on a website somewhere, e.g., Ancestry. Com and the Basic MS Word Report I have devised is technically just a list of “Images” I can call up from some Web Site – The example I gave was Wikipedia, but it just as well could be Ancestry.com. Simpler said, I can make the Media Usage Report list of Images look almost exactly the same as the MS Word list of Web Sites I created and in both cases they would be linked to external Web Sites
As I said at the beginning, I, however, will continue to examine your question