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Adobe Creative Cloud Design Tools All-in-One For Dummies by Jennifer Smith

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Chapter 6: Linking It Together

In This Chapter

  • Creating hyperlinks
  • Discovering how to use ID attributes
  • Linking to external documents, e-mail messages, and PDF files
  • Making sure that your links work

Links are a major and necessary mechanism of any website. You must incorporate links on your website; this way, viewers can easily navigate between pages and areas of your site to find the information they're seeking. In this chapter, we show you how to add links easily and effectively in Dreamweaver.

The Basics of Linking

Links, or hyperlinks, are navigational aids; viewers click links to visit other web pages, to download a file, to open an e-mail address, or jump to a specific spot on a web page (known more accurately as an ID attribute). As you create the first link from one of your web pages to another, you've essentially created a website — it may be a small site, but it's a start. While you're still in the small site stage, here are a couple recommendations to keep in mind as you add more pages and create more links, making your site even bigger:

  • Two kinds of links exist:
    • Internal links connect viewers to other parts of your website.
    • External links connect viewers to other pages or content outside your site.

    We show you how to create both kinds of links in this chapter. A link almost always points to a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), which represents a page or file on your site or on a completely different site altogether.

  • Before you start working with any pages to be linked, ...

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