The difference here, mister sarcasm is that I didn't expect this function to be a plugin. As a 'newbie' I considered plugins to be geared more toward things like gallery viewers and such. It's all coding I realize, but this particular function seemed as though it could have been something of functionality that I was overlooking in the interface features that existed.
So, gfindlay, the optimal word here is 'plugin'. The research I did before coming to this forum didn't include the tag plugin. I'll leave it there and let you continue to look down your nose from high above your keyboard and collect frost on your earlobes.