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Link basics

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Video: Link basics

In this chapter of movies, we're going to be talking about creating links on your web pages. Links are the reason the web is called "the web", because links allow you to connect your pages to other pages in your site, or to any other pages out there on the Internet. I always like to throw in that the term "links" is short for "hyperlink" But nobody ever says hyperlink anymore so, just go ahead and say "link" when you're talking about connecting one web page to another. And since we're starting with a new chapter here, I have a fresh version of the Tea Cloud site to work with. If you have access to the exercise files, you can copy the 05_linking folder to your desktop, and that contains teacloud_05, and I'll just put that on my desktop again for simplicity sake.

Link basics

In this chapter of movies, we're going to be talking about creating links on your web pages. Links are the reason the web is called "the web", because links allow you to connect your pages to other pages in your site, or to any other pages out there on the Internet. I always like to throw in that the term "links" is short for "hyperlink" But nobody ever says hyperlink anymore so, just go ahead and say "link" when you're talking about connecting one web page to another. And since we're starting with a new chapter here, I have a fresh version of the Tea Cloud site to work with. If you have access to the exercise files, you can copy the 05_linking folder to your desktop, and that contains teacloud_05, and I'll just put that on my desktop again for simplicity sake.

This is just a partially built version of the Teacloud site we're working on previously. And of course, I need to define this folder as my site in {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} before we can work with it. So, let's go back to {italic}Dreamweaver. {plain}This time I'm going to choose Site > Manage Sites. Which opens up the Manage Sites window. And this allows me to either edit my currently defined sites, or even add a new site definition. So, I'm going to click New, and choose Site, and we'll just go from the Advanced tab this time, and we'll call this one teacloud 05, since we're working with the fifth chapter. Click the Browse button. Go out to my Desktop, find teacloud_05, and we'll Choose that. If you're on Windows you'll have to open the folder and then click Select.

On Mac we just select the folder once and click Choose. And that's all we really need to worry about here, so I'll click on OK. So, you can see that teacloud 05 is now listed as one of my defined sites. I click on Done, and here we are with our nearly defined site. Again, you can always switch back to all the other sites you defined simply by coming up to this Menu here. Let's assume that we've already created all the pages on our website, but we have yet to link any of them together. Let's open up the index page.

Down here at the bottom we have some text links at the top we have a couple of images that we want to turn into links as well. Let's start with our text links. The key to creating a link is to first select the object that you want to turn into a link, whether it's text or images because you can have both text and images act as links. Let's start with the "About Us" text. I'm just going to highlight that text, just like so. You want to be precise about this. When you're highlighting text make sure you get just the text. Try not to get the extra spaces or the pipe next to the text, or anything like that. Just get the text itself. With the text selected I can come down here to the Link field in the Properties inspector. There are a couple of ways I can set up my links. I want to link, "About Us", to aboutus.html here in my Files panel. Because index is in the same directory as aboutus, I could simply type, "aboutus.html". That's not my preferred method because first of all, typing takes longer, and also when you type in the address you run the greatest risk of mistyping the address and if the address of the page is not exactly correct, you're going to end up with a broken link. Let me delete that. And instead, I'm going to come over here and click on the folder icon next to the Link field, which is called, "Browse for File".

This lets me look inside my site folder, teacloud_05. From here I can select the page that I want to link to, in this case, aboutus. Then I'll click Choose. You can see it fills out the same information. Clicking that browse button is a much more precise way of choosing the page that you want to link to, and it leaves much less room for error. If I click off of the text you can see that the text is now underlined. That's how most links will behave when you create the. They automatically by default become underlined. The reason that it appears in this particular color is because of the style sheet we created.

You can actually use style sheets to define how your link is going to look when it's created. We'll talk more about that when we get to the chapter on Cascading Style Sheets. But that's how easy it is to create a link. All you do is select the text. In this case I'll go to "Our Products". I want to link to the page in here in the ourproducts folder called "teacloudteas.html". Because this file is in a subfolder, called "ourproducts" in relation to the page that I'm working on, index.html. I would have to have up here in the Links field, "ourproducts/", meaning that we want to look inside that folder, and then teacloudteas.html. Again as you saw, I'm not a very accurate typist, so, instead of typing that in there, I'm going to Browse for the File again. Make sure we're looking inside ourproducts.

Select teacloudteas. Click Choose. You can see there is the correct address. Let's go ahead and test these links in our browser. I'm going to save my page, and let's check this out in {italic}Safari.{plain} Here's my page. You'll notice when I roll over the links I created I get the little pointing finger indicating that this text is clickable. Go ahead and click on that, and sure enough it takes me right to that page. Same thing for Our Products, and that works as well. All of my links are working. It's that easy to create a link.

Just select the text, and click the Browse for File button, and find the page you want to link to. It works just the same for images. When I come up here to About Us, we have a Link field. Slightly different location in the Properties inspector, but it's still a Link field. We can either type in the address again, or we still have a Browse for File button. We can browse for aboutus.html. Click Choose. Same thing for Our Products. Browse for the file. Look inside ourproducts. I'll go to teacloudteas, Choose and let's test that again.

Make sure we save our page. You can see our images are now links, and they are both linking as well. That's how easy it is to create links, but you may have guessed, since this is {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} where you get lots of choice of ways to do things, there are more ways to create links. We'll take a look at another method in the very next movie.

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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  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?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a new blank site
      6m 0s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      7m 54s
    3. About DOCTYPE
      3m 59s
    4. Inserting images
      9m 26s
    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  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
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    5. The CSS Styles panel
      3m 48s
    6. CSS selectors
      2m 37s
    7. Type selectors
      12m 13s
    8. ID selectors
      10m 21s
    9. Class selectors
      5m 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
      2m 42s
    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
      8m 41s
    3. What measurement should I use?
      3m 15s
    4. Managing white space with margins, padding, and line height
      8m 34s
    5. Using font lists
      5m 45s
    6. Aligning text
      2m 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    1. What is a device?
      3m 14s
    2. Attaching a printer-friendly style sheet
      3m 5s
    3. Styling for print
      7m 41s
    4. Adobe Device Central
      2m 19s
  12. 29m 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    3. The Code toolbar
      5m 11s
    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
    5. The Quick Tag Editor
      2m 20s
    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
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    1. Templates in action
      5m 12s
    2. Creating a new template
      6m 36s
    3. Applying templates
      3m 36s
    4. Modifying a template
      1m 40s
    5. Adding repeating regions
      3m 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
      2m 6s
    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
      4m 4s
  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
      44s

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