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Part III: Linking to Stuff > Understanding Links

Hour 9. Understanding Links

Links are one of the great mysteries of Web authoring. Everything else is up front and visible; everything else just has to look right. A link, on the other hand, has to do something—it has to act right. Links are mysterious because what they do when they are activated is not immediately visible to the naked eye.

Fortunately, creating links is surprisingly simple. The only tricky part is correctly phrasing the underlying URL. With an eye toward the real linking pitfalls, this hour shows what links are all about. At the end of the hour, you'll be able to answer the following questions:

  • What are the two parts in every link?

  • What kinds of stuff can a link lead to?

  • How do I properly phrase the URLs for linking to all types of remote Internet resources, including Web pages, email addresses, and so on?

  • What's the difference between a relative link and an absolute link, and why does it matter?


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