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Chapter 6. Working with Links

Chapter 6. Working with Links

A hyperlink, or simply a link, is a pointer from one page or file to another. The page that contains the link is called the referring page, and the destination of the click is called the target of the link. One could easily argue that links, more than fancy typographical or image capabilities, differentiate the Web (Figures 6.1 and 6.2) from any of its electronic file-transfer predecessors, including FTP, gopher, and Archie. Although the bells and whistles of the showier pages are what impress the easily impressed and cause the software market to churn out more plug-ins, the fact is that the most important element in the Hypertext Transfer Protocol—that http at the beginning of Web URLs—is the word hypertext.

Figure 6.1. This page uses images, a background image, tables, and style sheets, but the real content is in the links. Even if I added background music, Shockwave files, frames, and a flaming logo, the links would still be the meat here.



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