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Hour 23. Helping People Find Your Web Pa... > Documenting the Full Address of a Pa...

Documenting the Full Address of a Page

Suppose you create a Web page advertising your business, and a customer likes your page so much that she saves it on her hard drive. A couple of days later, she wants to show a friend your cool site, but guess what? She forgot to bookmark it, and of course the page doesn't contain a link to itself. She clicks the links to your order form, but they are only filename links (such as <a href="orderform.htm">); they don't work from her hard drive unless the order form is on her hard drive, too. You have lost two eager customers.

One way to avoid this heartbreaking scenario is to always use complete addresses starting with http:// in all links. However, this makes your pages difficult to test and maintain.


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