The attached work adds a link next to the help icon in the header of every tool in the portal. When clicked it presents a small 'clue tip' window with the direct tool URL to that particular tool. There is also the option to shorten that URL on the fly. A user can then distribute the URL for that tool.
Two patches attached, one for portal, one for reference.
To activate set:
To enabled/disable short URLs:
Of course, if using the short URLs, you'll want to have the shortened url service configured:
(or the bit.ly implementation, or any other. See also: https://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/SHRTURL/Home)
Then, once enabled, every tool gets the link icon which gives the little window when clicked. If you didn't want to have this on a certain tool, set this property on the tool:
This may be useful for the gateway tools perhaps.
This work was undertaken on behalf of Oxford University.