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Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Specialty Links

When you are preparing links for your websites, be aware that you can link to Internet sites such as FTP, Gopher, and newsgroups as well as to non-Internet documents you have created, such as PDF and Word documents.

return to topSpecial Considerations

When creating links that are not web pages (HTML files), keep in mind the requirement for opening these links. The following table provides a summary of the types of alternative links covered in this document and any special requirements that may exist.

Type of Link Requirements
Gopher None
UseNet News None
FTP None
Telnet Telnet program and setup
EXAMPLE: QVT Terminal or NCSA Telnet
Email Special setup in Netscape or Internet Explorer
Microsoft Word Microsoft Word
NOTE: Sometimes, newer files are not fully readable in older versions of Word.
Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Adobe Acrobat Reader
NOTE: Sometimes, newer files are not fully readable in older versions of Acrobat.

Referencing Specialty Links

To help reduce frustration for the user, we recommend that you alert users to the type of link you are providing, if it is not a web page. Two methods you could use to alert users to a telnet link include the following:

return to topCreating Email Links

You can also add a link allowing Web users to send email to a specific address. Users viewing your web page with a browser supporting this ability can click a Mailto link to open a blank, pre-addressed email form. Additionally, you can specify a subject line for email received from these links, so that the email you receive is more easily identifiable. For more information about email programs and browser compatibility, refer to the Mailto Bulletin in the WebDev collection.

Creating Email Links: Email Address

  1. Place the insertion point where the email link should appear

  2. Type the complete email address
    EXAMPLE: Type

  3. Press [Space], [Enter], or a punctuation symbol (e.g., a period)
    The text is automatically converted to an email (mailto) link.

Creating Email Links: Custom Text

  1. Select the text that will become the email link
    NOTE: This is often the person's name or email address.
    EXAMPLE: Select Contact Jane Doe

  2. From the Insert menu, select Hyperlink...
    On the Standard toolbar, click INSERT HYPERLINKInsert Hyperlink button
    The Insert Hyperlink dialog box appears.

  3. Under Link to, click E-MAIL ADDRESS
    The dialog box refreshes.
    Insert Hyperlink dialog box - E-mail Address link

  4. In the E-mail address text box, type the complete email address
    The address you type will be automatically prefaced by mailto:
    EXAMPLE: Type

  5. In the Subject text box, type the subject you want to appear in any email message received via this link

  6. In the Text to display text box, verify how the email link will appear on your web page

  7. OPTIONAL: To add a ScreenTip,
    1. Click SCREENTIP...
      The Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box appears.
    2. In the ScreenTip text text box, type the desired ScreenTip text
    3. Click OK
      HINT: A ScreenTip displays specific text when the mouse is pointed at a link (i.e., alternate text). For example, this link displays the ScreenTip "Visit the UW-Eau Claire Home Page."

  8. Click OK
    The email (mailto) link is created.

Testing Email Links

You can preview your web page prior to its publication. Testing your email links will increase the usability of your web page. Before you can preview your page in a browser, you must save it. For more information, refer to Testing & Maintaining Links.

  1. From the File menu, select Preview in Browser » select the desired browser
    The specified browser opens and displays your file.
    NOTE: For more information about previewing web pages, refer to Previewing Pages in Netscape and Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the link(s) you want to test

  3. If necessary, make corrections in FrontPage

return to topCreating Specialty Links

To create specialty links, you can use essentially the same process as you do for linking to other web pages. This section discusses types of specialty links and shows the corresponding Address text box of the Insert Hyperlink dialog box. For general instructions on creating links, refer to Linking to Internet Resources.

Types of Specialty Links

Specialty Link Description Example
Gopher Gopher links are not as popular as they once were, due to the popularity of the graphical Web. However, except for the prefix of the URL, creating the link is the same.  
UseNet When developing UseNet News links, you should indicate the News link in your text. Not all browsers support News and not all users know how to setup their browsers to use newsgroups. bionet.agroforestry
FTP When developing FTP links, you should provide the user with sufficient information about the file to be downloaded. For example, if you are going to provide a link to download software with special requirements or installation instructions, you may want to also include a link to the web page containing that information. Library of Congress FTP Site
Telnet For users to access a Telnet link, they must have the software installed on their computer and their browser must be configured to open a Telnet session when such links are accessed. As some Telnet sites require a username for connecting or have special instructions for disconnecting, you may want to include some tips for working with the site. Library of Congress
Microsoft Word In order for users to view your Word link, they must have the program installed and set up on their computers. Since Word is a popular program, these links can be very useful. Rather than re-typing the Word document into your web page, you can simply link to the document itself.
NOTE: Sometimes, newer files are not fully readable in older versions of Word.
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Adobe Acrobat Adobe Acrobat files (PDF) are useful because they appear uniform regardless of individual computer settings. In order to view the file, users must have Acrobat installed and set up on their computers.
NOTE: Sometimes, newer files are not fully readable in older versions of Acrobat.
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Using the Address Text Box

When you create your link, you will have to enter the complete URL in the Address text box, located within the Insert Hyperlink dialog box. For general instructions on creating links, refer to Linking to Internet Resources. However, the process is slightly different for linking to Word or PDF documents located within your web collection. For general information about linking to your own files, refer to Linking to Pages in Your Collection.

Link Type Example of the Address Text Box
Gopher Gopher link
UseNet UseNet link
FTP FTP link
Telnet Telnet link
Microsoft Word Microsoft Word link
Adobe Acrobat Adobe Acrobat link
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