Dreamweaver MX 2004 Basics
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Getting Started

Connecting to Your Server Space

Creating Your Page

Inserting Images

Inserting Tables

Links

Anchors

Page Properties

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Links

There are two types of links in this world: absolute and relative.   You should already be familiar with absolute links - these are links that are full URL addresses. Here's one example:

     http://www.ischool.utexas.edu

Absolute links are used to direct a reader of your webpage to a place outside your webpage.  

Relative links point to a specific file within your webpage - the file's relation to the current directory or root directory.   For example, if you have two files in your public_html directory, homepage.html and school.html, to link from one to the other you only need to insert the filename into Dreamweaver's link feature. When you have files within folders within your public_html folder, things become a little more complicated.   Let's say you want to insert links on your homepage.html page to an image that is located in a folder named "images." You need to tell browsers to look in the "images" directory to find your images. Therefore, any links from homepage.html to files in your image folder would be like this example: "images/gnomes.jpg."   The name of the folder is reflected within the file name.

As is the case with many of Dreamweaver's functions, there are many paths to the same end. My preferred method for inserting links is through the Properties window:

  • Highlight the text you would like to link.
  • Click in the "link" field in the Properties window. Enter the URL of the page you would like to link to.
  • If you are linking to a page within your site, you need only enter the filename.



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