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Chapter 16. Working with Hyperlinks and ... > Navigating the Web and Intranets wit...

Navigating the Web and Intranets with Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks can point to the default home page of a Web site, such as http://www.oakmusic.com, or to the default page of an intranet server, as in http://oakleaf0, the IIS 4.0 intranet server used to write the Internet-related chapters of this book. (OAKLEAF0 is the NetBIOS name of the server on which IIS 4.0 is installed.) You don't need to specify the default page, which usually is default.htm, as in http://oakleaf0/default.htm, default.asp (for Active Server Pages) or index.htm (most common on UNIX Web servers), to open the home page of the site or the default page of a subsite.

Hyperlinks to Web pages traditionally have used relative paths to specify the folders that store HTML pages, graphic images, or scripts that control the customization of pages. For example, the default folder for the OAKLEAF0 server is C:\InetPub\wwwroot; the Park Place band's intranet home page is at C:\InetPub\wwwroot\parkplace. The server name (oakleaf0) you include in the uniform resource locator (URL) for the site's home page specifies the default part of the path (typically C:\InetPub\wwwroot) for an intranet server. Extended paths in the URL (…\parkplace) are relative (added) to the default Web server path. Understanding the difference between fully qualified paths (starting with a logical drive letter or \\SERVERNAME) and relative paths (based on the default Web root folder) is very important to your use of hyperlinks with Access 2000.


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