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QuarkXPress has always been the perfect tool for creating and publishing documents. In QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training, Jay Nelson—the publisher of Design Tools Monthly and a QuarkXPress expert—covers all the tools and features in this updated version of the program, from basic page layout to Flash integration and web page creation. Throughout this comprehensive training, Jay shows what's needed to produce professional-quality projects that integrate text, pictures, graphics, and tables. He also offers real-world page layout techniques that designers can apply to their own projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Any interactivity to a webpage in QuarkXPress is relatively straightforward. You can add hyperlinks to items on your webpage so that when someone clicks on them, they go to another page, or to another website, or to another location on the same page. You can also add image maps, rollovers, and form items. For example, let's say you are sending this webpage as an HTML email to somebody, and you want them to be able to click on the logo and be taken directly to your website. All you have to do is Ctrl-click or right-click on the item, go down to Hyperlink > New, give it a name because you can then use that hyperlink on multiple items in your document.
We'll call it Petstumes website. You choose what kind of hyperlink you want, in this case it's URL, but you can also have it jump to a different page or a specific spot on one of the pages. Type in the URL or select the beginning from here. Choose how you want them to see the file when it opens and click OK. You'll see a little link icon up here in the corner of the item. That tells you there is a hyperlink attached to it.
All your hyperlinks are available at anytime in the Hyperlinks palette. The one we just created appears in it now. If we want to create a new hyperlink in this palette, first, we need to de-select the item that we had before because it's attached to this existing hyperlink. So we'll just click somewhere else on the page or press the Escape key, then click on the New Hyperlink button or Ctrl or right-click anywhere in the palette, and do what we did before, give it a name, a type, and the URL. But let's have a look at this Hyperlinks palette for just a second.
If this button creates a new hyperlink, then what does this button create? A new anchor. Now an Anchor is a place anywhere on a page that you want to be able to jump to. So let's say there is a specific spot on a page other than this one, you can simply select the item or the text or the picture on that page, click on the Anchor button here and then you can give it a name. After that, you can attach that anchor to anywhere else in your document and when your visitor clicks on it, it will take them to that second location. The third kind of hyperlink you can create is a page hyperlink.
You might want to use that on this coupon down here for example so that when someone clicks on it, it opens a whole new page that has a printable coupon. Because a project may have many, many hyperlinks, you can choose to view only the URL type hyperlinks, only the anchored hyperlinks, only the page hyperlinks, or any combination of them, and you can view the list ordered either by name or by what kind of link it is and that will cluster all of the links of the same type together. In sections, if you want to edit a hyperlink, just click on the Edit button or Ctrl-click on it and choose Edit and you can change its properties.
Obviously, you can also delete it either here or by using the Trashcan. Now at this point, you may be thinking, hey, if I can make hyperlinks in a webpage, can I make hyperlinks in a print document, maybe have it export to PDF? And in fact, yes, that's the case. This Hyperlinks palette is available anytime you are using QuarkXPress. You can use it to add navigation features either to a file you are expecting to export to a PDF, or you can just use it internally for yourself to create hyperlinks in your document so that when you export them as PDF, those hyperlinks are active there as well.
I'll cover that in another section in the course.
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