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Chapter 11. links

Chapter 11. links

Links are one of the most innovative features of the Web. The concept of a link seems obvious now that we are used to the Web, but imagine if the print world had links. You come across a term in a book that you want to know more about, you touch the word, and up pops the word's encyclopedia entry. Or something you read in a magazine triggers a related memory, you pause to look up and read more on that topic, and you come back to your place again when you're satisfied. Activities such as these are routine on the Web, which makes it harder to realize how astoundingly revolutionary they really are. Links speed up information retrieval nearly to the point of being instantaneous.

As you learned in this book's early chapters, you can link to other Web pages within your site or to pages on other Web sites. You can link to Web pages, Web images, e-mails, Usenet newsgroups, and FTP files. You can use text, pictures, or a homemade button bar as links. With links, more is better. If you find yourself asking, "Should I make a link here?" usually the answer should be yes.


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