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.…So hyperlinks are what we tried in the previous video.…It's simply a jump from topic A to topic B…which is basically what a cross-reference is,…except a cross-reference has two differences.…First of all, a cross-reference knows the name of its target…and if the name of the target changes,…the cross-reference will actually…change its text automatically which a hyperlink won't do.…
So in other words, lets say I have a cross-reference…that jumps from the source topic to the ABC topic…and then if I change the name of the ABC topic…to let's say XYZ.…If this were a hyperlink, I would have to physically,…manually change ABC to XYZ…but since this is a cross-reference,…it will automatically change on its own.…So this is a tremendous benefit…for keeping your projects and your links up-to-date.…
The other benefit that a cross-reference offers…is automatic page numbering.…In other words, lets say that this is our output…
- 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
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1. Basic Concepts
2. Creating Content Using Topics
4. Adding Formatting
5. Single Sourcing
6. Understanding Outputs vs Targets
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