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Chapter 7. Building Hypertext Links > Using Special Links

Using Special Links

URLs are so flexible that you can use them to create links to practically anything on the Net. You can create links to email, FTP, Gopher, Usenet newsgroups, and even Telnet sessions. This makes it possible for Web pages to put related information together on the same page. For instance, you could have a link to a Web page that describes a downloadable shareware program, a link to a Usenet newsgroup where that software is discussed, and a link to an FTP server where the program can be downloaded. In other words, your readers no longer have to fire up individual Internet programs to get to the information you want them to see.

This flexibility is part of what has made the Web browser the single most important Internet tool. From your browser, you can do just about everything else you can do on the Net, including accessing a variety of resources that technically aren’t part of the World Wide Web. And when the browser doesn’t support a service, generally it’s launched in another application automatically, such as your email application or a multimedia viewer.


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