Cross-references are similar to hyperlinks in that they jump the user from topic A to topic B. But cross-references also have several additional benefits including the ability to automatically shift from a link style (“click here”) to a page reference style (“see page 26”) if you generate print output. Learn more about cross-references and how to create them.
- [Voiceover] In this video, you'll learn the difference…between cross-references and hyperlinks,…and how to create cross-references.…A hyperlink jumps the user from topic A to topic B,…From the source topic to the target topic.…But it has a couple of drawbacks…that cross-references can correct.…The first drawback is this,…let's say…here's topic A,…and here is…topic B.…
Now let's say I create a link from topic A to B…and I actually write, link to B.…Make that my link, the user clicks on it,…jumps to B, everything is fine.…But then what happens when you…change the name of topic B to topic X.…The problem is the link still works,…but the wording is wrong because it's saying link to B.…But if you click that link, it would jump to X.…
So the problem is that,…a hyperlink is almost sort of stupid.…It doesn't know what it's jumping to,…it just knows it's jumping to a place.…But the beauty of a cross-reference is that…when you change the name of the target topic,…the wording of the link automatically changes…from link to B,…
- Creating content using topics
- Adding and managing topics
- Importing files
- Inserting graphics
- Creating a table of contents, glossary, and cross-references
- Adding hyperlinks
- Formatting documents with stylesheets
- Creating master pages
- Single sourcing content
- Using variables and snippets
- Generating output
Skill Level Beginner
Universal Principles of Designwith William Lidwell4h 43m Appropriate for all
InDesign: Creating Long Documents (2012)with Mike Rankin4h 59m Intermediate
Word 2013: Creating Long Documentswith Maria Langer3h 19m Appropriate for all
1. Basic Concepts
2. Creating Content Using Topics
4. Add Formatting
5. Single Sourcing
6. Understanding Outputs vs. Targets
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