SAP ECTR has a feature that allows linking characteristic values: for example values can be linked to specific websites like https://en.wikipedia.org but also users can be linked to characteristic values.
In the following will be described how to set up the configuration for hyperlinks to specific websites.
Setting up a Characteristics Group
This feature is controlled via the characteristic groups in SAP so the first step is to create a characteristic group. This can be done in the Characteristics Groups Overview (O042).
Here we need to create a group with certain endings, link \_D,\_M,\_I or \_U.
Each of these four endings triggers a specific handler in ECTR:
In the screenshot above, the characteristic group DSCSPC_I for URL handling was created.
After the characteristic group is created, it needs to be made known to SAP ECTR. To do so, the group ID without the certain ending to the preference plm.specifications.chargrp.basename in the default.txt needs to be added.
For this example, it needs to be named DSCSPC.
plm.specifications.chargrp.basename = DSCSPC
Adding a Characteristic to the Group
The next step is to add the characteristic to the newly created characteristic group. This can be done in the Characteristics (CT04) menu of the SAP GUI.
Handling of Hyperlinks
The last step is to define the handling of the specific hyperlinks. To do so, the hyperlink that should be used for the characteristic needs to be defined.