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Contribute > Setting the advanced linking options
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Setting the advanced linking options
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The Insert Link dialog box has three advanced linking options: editing the link’s URL, setting a target, and linking to a specific place on a page.

Editing the URL for a link

If you are familiar with creating links in HTML, you can use Contribute to edit a link’s URL.

When you link to a web page on a website, the link’s URL appears in the Web Address (URL) text box and in the HREF text box in the Advanced section of the Insert Link dialog box. Use this HREF text box to alter the URL that Contribute places in the page’s HTML.

Note: If the page is new, you’ll see (new) appended to the end of the URL. Contribute removes (new) when you publish the new page.

The Web Address (URL) text box always shows the full URL, and the HREF text box shows the URL that’s written in the page’s HTML. The HREF might be a different, usually shorter, version of the URL.

To edit a link’s URL:

  1. In your draft, select an existing link.
    Note: To insert a link, see “Creating text and image links
  2. Do one of the following to open the Insert Link dialog box:
    • Select Format > Link Properties.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Link Properties.
    • The Insert Link dialog box appears.
  3. Click the Advanced button (Windows) or the expander arrow (Macintosh) to expand the dialog box, if it is not already expanded.
  4. Change the web address (URL) in the HREF text box.
    Note: You might notice that text in the Link text box changes as you enter text in this text box. It is the text in the HREF text box that Contribute places in the page’s HTML for the URL.
  5. Click OK.

Setting a target for your page

You can specify where a linked page opens by creating a target for the link. For example, you can have your linked document open in a new window instead of the current window.

If you create a link in a document with frames, you can indicate which frame, or target, displays the new content.

Note: You cannot control where an e-mail link opens. When an e-mail link is clicked, the default e-mail application automatically starts.

You can specify the target when you create the link, or you can edit an existing link to change or add the target

Setting a target for a new link

You can specify the target for a link when you create the link.

To create a link with a target:

  1. In your draft, create a link (see “Creating text and image links”).
  2. In the Insert Link dialog box, click the Advanced button (Windows) or the expander arrow (Macintosh) to expand
    the dialog box, if it is not already expanded.
  3. Select a target from the pop-up menu:

    Default opens the linked document in the current window. If the page contains frames, the linked page opens in the frame that contains the link. [View Image]

    Entire window opens the linked document in the current window. If the page contains frames, the linked page fills the entire window, not just the frame that contains the link. [View Image]

    New window opens the linked document in a new browser window, instead of the current window.

  4. Click OK.

Contribute adds the link to your draft.

Setting a target for an existing link

You can edit an existing link to change or add the target.

To specify a target for an existing link:

  1. In your draft, select an existing link.
  2. Do one of the following to open the Insert Link dialog box:
    • Select Format > Link Properties.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Link Properties.
    • The Insert Link dialog box appears.
  3. Click the Advanced button (Windows) or the expander arrow (Macintosh) to expand the dialog box, if it is not already expanded.
  4. Select a target from the pop-up menu:

    Default opens the linked document in the current window. If the page contains frames, the linked page opens in the frame that contains the link.

    Entire window opens the linked document in the current window. If the page contains frames, the linked page fills the entire window, not just the frame that contains the link.

    New window opens the linked document in a new browser window, instead of the current window.

    Note: If the page you’re linking from was in a frame, a list of frame names appears here. if you choose a frame or type a frame name, the linked page appears in that frame when the website visitor clicks the link.

  5. Click OK.

Contribute modifies the existing link with the target information.

Linking to a specific place in a page

You can place an invisible marker, called a section anchor, on your page to mark a specific topic or place. You can then create links to the anchor, which take website visitors to the specified position on the page with the anchor.

For example, you might add an anchor to the company address and phone number on the Company Information page. Then you might add a link with the text “Contact Us!” to your home page. When a website visitor clicks this link, the Company Information page opens to the address and phone number section. This way, the user does not need to search the Company Information page to find the contact information.

Adding a section anchor

You can add a section anchor to a page, and then link to that anchor from the same page or from another page. For more information about section anchors, see “Linking to a specific place in a page”.

To add an anchor to a page:

  1. In your draft, place the insertion point at the beginning of the section where you want the page to open when a website visitor clicks the link.
  2. Select Insert > Section Anchor. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  3. Enter a name for your anchor.
    The name cannot begin with a number and cannot contain any spaces. You cannot have two anchors with the same name on a web page.
  4. Click OK.

Contribute inserts an anchor marker in your draft.

Note: If you have invisible elements turned off, Contribute turns invisible elements on so that you can see the anchor marker. To turn invisible elements off again, select Edit > Preferences and then select Invisible Elements.

Linking to a section anchor

You can link to a section anchor when you create the link, or you can edit an existing link to indicate or change a section anchor. For more information on section anchors, see “Linking to a specific place in a page”.

To link to a section anchor:

  1. In your draft, create a link (see “Creating text and image links” ).
  2. In the Insert Link dialog box, click the Advanced button (Windows) or the expander arrow (Macintosh) to expand the dialog box, if it is not already expanded.
  3. Select a named anchor from the Section anchor pop-up menu.
    Note: All anchors in the page you are linking to appear in the list.
  4. Click OK.

Contribute adds the link to your draft.

To indicate an anchor for an existing link:

  1. In your draft, select an existing link.
  2. Do one of the following to open the Insert Link dialog box:
    • Select Format > Link Properties.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Link Properties.
    • The Insert Link dialog box appears.
  3. Click the Advanced button (Windows) or the expander arrow (Macintosh) to expand the dialog box, if it is not already expanded.
  4. Select a named anchor from the Section anchor pop-up menu, or type an anchor name. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  5. Click OK.

Contribute modifies the existing link.

Editing section anchors

After you create a section anchor, you can change its name or delete it.

Note: If you edit a section anchor, links to that anchor will be broken until you fix the link on the page that links to the section anchor.

To edit a section anchor name:

  1. In your draft, select the anchor, and then do one of the following:
    • Double-click the section anchor.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Anchor Properties from the pop-up menu.
    • Select Format > Anchor Properties. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  2. Change the anchor name.
    The name cannot begin with a number and cannot contain any spaces. You cannot have two anchors with the same name on a web page.
  3. Click OK.

To delete a section anchor:

  • In your draft, select the section anchor, and then press Delete.
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