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Creating email links


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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Creating email links

Now, in addition to linking to other pages within your site, or to external pages, there are a couple of other types of links you can create. In this movie, I'd like to show you how to create an email link. You've probably seen this type of link before on a web page. It's a normal looking link that when you click on it, instead of opening a web page, it'll actually opens up your default email program with the "To" field already filled out with an address, and all you have to do is maybe enter a subject, and start typing your email. It's a really convenient way to allow people to communicate with you via your web page. Create an email link, they can click it, and they can email you right way.
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    1. Welcome
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  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
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    5. What is JavaScript?
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    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
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  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
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    2. The Welcome screen
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    3. Windows and Mac differences
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    4. The Insert bar
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    5. The Property Inspector
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    6. The Document toolbar
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    7. The Document window
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    8. Panels and panel groups
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    9. Saving workspace layouts
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    10. Defining a default browser
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    1. Defining a site
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    3. Understanding path structure
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    5. Creating a site map
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    1. Creating a new blank site
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    2. Creating and saving a new document
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    3. About DOCTYPE
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    4. Inserting images
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    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
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  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
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    3. CSS and page properties
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    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
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    5. The CSS Styles panel
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    6. CSS selectors
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    7. Type selectors
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    8. ID selectors
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    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
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    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
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    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
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    3. What measurement should I use?
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    1. About tables
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    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
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    2. Tracing images
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    3. Adding AP div tags
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    1. What is a device?
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    3. Styling for print
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    4. Adobe Device Central
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    1. Rollover rules
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    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
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    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
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    5. Creating Flash buttons
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    1. Viewing the code
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    2. Editing in Code view
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    3. The Code toolbar
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    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
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    6. Working with snippets
      5m 25s
  14. 32m 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
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    5. Submitting form results
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    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
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    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
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    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
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    1. External image editor preferences
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    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
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      3m 50s
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    5. Adding repeating regions
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    7. Adding optional regions
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    8. Creating a library item
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    9. Modifying a library item
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    1. Using the History panel
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    3. Using Find and Replace
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    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
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    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
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    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
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  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
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    2. Linking to audio and video files
      5m 56s
    3. Embedding audio and video files
      7m 7s
    4. Setting parameters
      4m 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
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  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
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Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training
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In Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, instructor Garrick Chow delves into the many powerful features of the latest version of this powerful web design application. He covers everything from the simplest basics of using Dreamweaver CS3 to applying it to develop a fully interactive, accessible site. Garrick explains the new interface features, and demonstrates how to create, edit, manage, design, and publish a professional website with Dreamweaver CS3 and complementary applications. Exercise files accompany the training.

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Creating email links

Now, in addition to linking to other pages within your site, or to external pages, there are a couple of other types of links you can create. In this movie, I'd like to show you how to create an email link. You've probably seen this type of link before on a web page. It's a normal looking link that when you click on it, instead of opening a web page, it'll actually opens up your default email program with the "To" field already filled out with an address, and all you have to do is maybe enter a subject, and start typing your email. It's a really convenient way to allow people to communicate with you via your web page. Create an email link, they can click it, and they can email you right way.

Let's take a look at how to do this. Let me go ahead, and close the index page we've been working with. Let's take a look at contact.html. On this page, we have a couple different email addresses that we can set up here, General Information, Order/Sales, and Comments/Suggestions. And there are a couple of ways of setting up email links. Let's start by taking a look at the first example here where it says "If you have questions about our tea, or other products, please contact our Information Desk for assistance." I'm going to take the phrase, "Information Desk", and turn that into an email link. First method I'd like to show you involves coming up to the Common tab in the Insert bar, and if you look over here to the left, there's a button called Email Link, and by clicking on that it opens up the Email Link Window here, and you can see in the Text field the text has already been filled out with the text that I had selected. If I wanted this to say something else, I could simply type it right now, but I'm going to leave Information Desk in there. All I have to do now is enter the actual email address that I want to use in this case. For this example we'll just say that email address here is info@teacloud.com. Click on OK, and you can see that it has become a link. We'll save the page, and let's test that out.

I can roll over that link when I click. Actually, if you look down at the Status bar here when I roll over that, it says "Send email to info@teacloud.com". So, when I click on this link, it opens up my default email program, and you can see it fills out the info field here. All I have to do is type in a Subject, "need info on your teas", or whatever, and just start typing my email right here. You can see that email link worked pretty well. And we'll close the browser, and we'll go back to {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} and the next item here is Order/Sales Information, and saying "If you would like information about a return or other order related issue, please contact our Customer Service department". Let's highlight Customer Service. As I mentioned before, pretty much everything you can find in the Insert bar you can also find under the Insert menu, and sure enough, we can find Email Link right here, and you can see it again filled out the text, and {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} automatically remembers the last email address you used.

So, you can see "info@teacloud.com" is already filled out here. But it's just a simple matter of just deleting that, and typing over it, and we'll just say this address is "cs", for customer service, "@teacloud.com". Click on OK, and there it is. Now, let's take a look at this in the Code view, and see what this looks like. Over here in code. Here's my Customer Service text. And you can see the link around it is "a href", just like for a regular link. But, you can see the actual link here is "mailto:", and then the actual email address, "cs@teacloud.com".

Just like the code for the info address is right here "a href=mailto:info@teacloud.com". So, that's the actual way you write an email link in HTML code. So, with that in mind, let's come down to our third example here, where we're asking for Comments/Suggestions. It says "Drop a note in our Suggestion Box". Select that, and instead of using the Email button here or the Insert menu. We can simply come down to the Link field here, and type "mailto:", all one word, and then the email address "suggestions@teacloud.com". It's the exact same thing. Notice if I click in here, it says "mailto:suggestions@teacloud.com". If I click in Customer Service, "mailto:cs@teacloud.com", and Information is "mailto:info@teacloud.com". So, that's how easy it is to set up an email link.

Now, just one word of warning here, is that not all people who visit your site are going to be using standard email programs like Mail on the Mac, or Outlook on Windows. A lot of people use web base programs like Hotmail, or Google Mail/Gmail. And some people that use web base email programs, when they click on your email links instead of opening a default email program, they might actually get an error message since because they might not have a default email program set up on their computers. If that's a concern to you, you might want to include the actual email address somewhere on your page. So, for instance here it says "If you have questions about our teas, or other products, please contact our Information Desk for assistance". You might want to rewrite that.

For instance, maybe I want to get rid of the link on Information Desk here. Delete that, and some people might want this to say something like, "contact our Information Desk for assistance at info@teacloud.com". Where you can actually provide the actual email address. And in this case I'll select that text and turn that into a link. "mailto:info@teacloud.com". So, this way you still provide people with a way to click on the actual email link so it opens up their default email program, but for people that don't have default email programs set up, they can at least see what the email address is so they can then open up their web based email program and then just manually type in that address.

So, again if that is a concern to you, you might want to actually provide the actual email address somewhere on your page. But that's how we set up an email link. Go ahead and save, and close my page, and we'll move on to the next movie.

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