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Using absolute links


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Video: Using absolute links

The methods that you'll use to create Absolute Links are rather limited. Since you can't really browse your hard drive for external websites, you're going to have to know the exact link. That can be tough at times, especially for longer generated links, so copying and pasting can be a real lifesaver, let's checkout building Absolute Links. So, again I'm working in the index file this time from the 08_04 folder and what I want to do is I'm going to scroll down into my article on Victor Stuesse winning the Lacie Award.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      1m 4s
  2. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 17s
    3. Learning web design
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Looking at the Welcome screen
      5m 9s
    2. Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences
      5m 6s
    3. Arranging panels
      8m 44s
    4. Managing workspaces
      10m 14s
    5. Exploring the Application toolbar
      6m 21s
    6. Exploring the Document toolbar
      8m 47s
    7. Working with the Property inspector
      9m 30s
    8. Using the Insert panel
      6m 30s
  4. 53m 3s
    1. Understanding basic site structure
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring file naming conventions
      2m 10s
    3. Defining a new site
      5m 23s
    4. Managing files and folders
      7m 57s
    5. Adding remote servers
      7m 4s
    6. Uploading files
      12m 46s
    7. Previewing in browsers
      9m 11s
    8. Managing multiple sites
      4m 46s
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    1. Creating new documents
      6m 49s
    2. Setting up new document preferences
      5m 30s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      6m 49s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 32s
    5. Managing starter pages
      13m 1s
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    1. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      8m 43s
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      4m 6s
    3. Adding structure to text
      7m 35s
    4. Creating lists
      4m 35s
    5. Creating definition lists
      4m 0s
    6. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      8m 24s
  7. 44m 41s
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      5m 41s
    2. Setting code preferences
      7m 19s
    3. Using code hints
      8m 8s
    4. Wrapping tags
      5m 7s
    5. Adding comments
      6m 29s
    6. Using snippets
      7m 32s
    7. Formatting source code
      4m 25s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Setting CSS preferences
      9m 32s
    2. An overview of the CSS Styles panel
      9m 23s
    3. Creating a new CSS rule
      6m 42s
    4. Using the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      7m 25s
    5. Organizing styles
      7m 22s
    6. Modifying style properties
      6m 17s
    7. Controlling CSS through the Property inspector
      6m 37s
    8. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 54s
    9. Using CSS visual aids
      7m 3s
    10. Using CSS Inspect
      6m 48s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      6m 39s
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    1. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      7m 30s
    2. Setting external image editing preferences
      4m 26s
    3. Placing images on the page
      10m 12s
    4. Exploring Photoshop integration
      7m 17s
    5. Modifying Smart Objects
      9m 42s
    6. Modifying image properties
      8m 4s
    7. Styling images with CSS
      6m 45s
    8. Using background graphics
      7m 28s
    9. Positioning background graphics
      10m 10s
  10. 36m 23s
    1. Link basics
      3m 17s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 19s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      9m 17s
    4. Using absolute links
      3m 43s
    5. Using named anchors
      6m 41s
    6. Creating an email link
      5m 25s
    7. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      5m 41s
  11. 44m 30s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      5m 20s
    2. Importing tabular data
      6m 46s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      6m 11s
    4. Exploring basic table styling
      9m 42s
    5. Styling alternate rows
      8m 57s
    6. Creating custom table borders
      7m 34s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Understanding how forms work
      2m 45s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 44s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      5m 16s
    4. Setting form properties
      2m 39s
    5. Using the fieldset and legend tags
      2m 52s
    6. Inserting text fields
      6m 56s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      7m 54s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      4m 14s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      3m 52s
    10. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 25s
    11. Exploring basic form styling
      8m 2s
    12. Exploring form element styling
      8m 36s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Adding CSS3 transitions
      8m 29s
    2. Spry overview
      2m 44s
    3. Using Spry widgets
      3m 57s
    4. Adding Spry effects
      8m 1s
    5. Using the Widget Browser
      7m 4s
    6. Extending Dreamweaver
      3m 10s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 2s

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Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training
9h 24m Beginner May 07, 2012

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Discover how to build web sites, prototypes, and more in this course on Adobe Dreamweaver CS6. Author James Williamson shows designers how to take control of their site by properly naming and structuring files and folders; how to create new documents and web pages from scratch or with starter pages; and how to add content such as text, images, tables, and links. James also provides a background on the languages that power projects built in Dreamweaver—HTML and CSS—and introduces the programming features in the application, for developers who want to dig right into the code. The last chapter shows how to finesse your project with interactive content such as CSS3 transitions and Spry widgets.

Topics include:
  • Choosing and customizing a workspace
  • Defining a new site
  • Uploading files to your site
  • Creating new documents and web pages
  • Formatting source code
  • Working with CSS
  • Placing images and background graphics
  • Creating links
  • Styling a basic table
  • Creating a web form with buttons, check boxes, and list menus
  • Adding Spry effects
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Using absolute links

The methods that you'll use to create Absolute Links are rather limited. Since you can't really browse your hard drive for external websites, you're going to have to know the exact link. That can be tough at times, especially for longer generated links, so copying and pasting can be a real lifesaver, let's checkout building Absolute Links. So, again I'm working in the index file this time from the 08_04 folder and what I want to do is I'm going to scroll down into my article on Victor Stuesse winning the Lacie Award.

So, in this article it talks about some of his volunteer work, including volunteer work at the Metropolitan Museum. Now when I first looked at this article, I didn't actually have the link to the Metropolitan Museum memorized inside my head. I know that's hard to believe, but it's true. So I need to go find the link for that and then come back into Dreamweaver and resolve that. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go out to a browser and I'm just going to do a quick search for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, there we go.

So, there is the link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and if I click on that, that of course is going to take me to the Metropolitan's Homepage. Now all I have to do is go right up here to the Address Bar and simply highlight the entire link and copy that and that's really the easiest way to find Absolute Links, especially when they're really, really long generated strings that you might get from a blog posting or Google Map or something like that. So, I'm going to move back into Dreamweaver. I'm going to go ahead and highlight Metropolitan Museum and then in the Link dialog box in the Properties Inspector, I'm just going to paste it.

Now you'll notice that the protocol came along with it http:// that is very, very important. Now the forward slash here that goes in the default directory isn't necessary, I can go ahead and get rid of that if I want, but I do need that protocol, Absolute Links will not work without them. So, I'm going to hit Return to go ahead and commit to that link. I'm going to save my file and I'm just going to preview this in our browser, just to verify that the link is going to work, so I'm going to scroll down. find the link and click on it. Now you'll notice that when I clicked on that, what happened was, it actually replaced the page that I had and that might not be the behavior that you want.

Sometimes that's going to be the appropriate behavior, but other times you might want this link to open up in a new tab or even a new Window. So, what I'm going to do is go back into Dreamweaver and I'm going to set a separate property for this particular link. So, just to the right of that you're going to see a pull down menu for Target, I'm going to grab that pull down menu and we have a couple of options here, blank, new, parent, self and top. Now most of these refer to frames and we really don't use frames that much anymore, but _blank is the one that you want. So I'm going to go ahead and select _blank. Once again, I'm going to save this file and I'm going to go back and preview it in my browser again.

Now this time when I scroll down and I click on the link. Notice that Firefox, the browser I'm using here will now open this in a separate tab. So now the individual is free to go ahead and browse the Metropolitan's website, but when they're done, they can just click right back on the Roux Academy tab; they don't have to hit their Back button or type in the Roux Academy URL, to come back to the page. So Absolute Links, they're just as easy to create as any the other link inside of Dreamweaver, you just have to remember the protocol, don't forget the HTTP or HTTPS or whatever the protocol might be on the front of that.

Leaving it off can create a broken link and that would really frustrate your users. Now also remember that using _blank for Target allows people to browse in a New Tab or a New Window without leaving your site and that could be both a good and a bad thing. So think very carefully about usability before committing any link to a New Window.

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