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Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Design Premium all-in-one for Dummies® by Fred Gerantabee, Christopher Smith, Jennifer Smith

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Chapter 6. Linking It Together

In This Chapter

  • Using internal links

  • Discovering how to use anchors

  • Linking to external documents, e-mail messages, and PDF files

  • Making sure that your links work

Links are a major and necessary component of any Web site. You must incorporate links on your Web site; this way, viewers can easily navigate your site to see 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 go to other Web pages, to a downloadable resource file, to an e-mail address, or a specific spot on a Web page (known as an anchor). As you create the first link from one of your Web pages to another, you've essentially created a Web site — it may be a small site, but it's a start. While you're still in the small site stage, here are a couple of 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 Web site.

    • 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.

  • Before you start working with any pages to be linked, make sure that you've created a Dreamweaver site (see Chapter 3 of this minibook for details); the site helps you locate local files to link to, and later you can check and validate links between pages in your site. ...

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