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FrontPage Express - Inserting hyperlinks 1

Text and graphics on an HTML page can be made into a hyperlink, which allows the user to click on it and be taken to another page, on the same site or elsewhere. There are different types of links too, which can link to an e-mail address, so that when a user clicks on it, the e-mail client (like Outlook Express 5) opens with the e-mail address specified in the To: field. To find out how to configure your Email editor to display all lines, ( To, Subject, Body, Cc and Bcc) take a look here.

Using FrontPage Express to make a link:
Load page into a browser to test the link:

Using FrontPage to make a link

Make a list of your favourite Web sites, about three will be enough.

In the instructions below, I am going to insert a link back to the North Birmingham College. You substitute the links you need.

Your action

Type in a phrase about the Web site, in my case 'North Birmingham College' and highlight this phrase

Computer response

The text becomes reversed

Your action

Click on the Create or Edit Hyperlink button

This icon will turn the selected element into a link

Computer response

The Create Hyperlink dialog box is displayed - see below and make sure the World Wide Web tab of the box is displayed.

Create Hyperlink dialog box Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version
Type the address of your site in the URL textbox, in my case, then click OKThe dialog box disappears and the familiar blue underlined text remains, showing the hyperlink.
Select File | Save to save your changes to the page 

Load page into a browser to test the link

To test the link, and check the appearance of your page, you should load the page into a browser. For MS Internet Explorer 4, follow the instructions below:

Your action

Load MS Internet Explorer (on my system, Start | Programs | Internet Explorer | Internet Explorer)

Computer response

MS Internet Explorer loads, displays the 'splash screen' and opens your home window.

Your action

Select File | Open from the MS Internet Explorer File menu

Computer response

The Open dialog box appears, see below

The Open dialog box
Click the Browse button on the lower left of this Open dialog box.The more familiar Open dialog box appears.
Navigate to the folder containing your page and select the file corresponding to your page, then click Open.

Navigate to the folder containing your page and select the file corresponding to your page, then click Open.

Your page appears in MS Internet Explorer.
Open your Internet connection, and follow the link you have madeThe remote Web page should appear.

I often keep MS Internet Explorer running while working with MS FrontPage Express, so that I can see the effect of changes made to the page. A typical cycle for modifying a page is:

  1. Load the page to be modified into MS Internet Explorer
  2. Click the Click the Edit button on the MS Internet Explorer toolbar to load this page into MS FrontPage Express button on the MS Internet Explorer toolbar to load this page into MS FrontPage Express
  3. Make a change to the page in FrontPage Express
  4. Save your changes
  5. Switch to MS Internet Explorer, still displaying the page state before the changes
  6. Click the Click the Refresh button in MS Internet Explorer button in MS Internet Explorer
  7. You should see the effect of the changes

The edit in FrontPage Express, Save, switch to MS Internet Explorer, Refresh cycle is needed because MS Internet Explorer must reload the page to take account of the changes made in FrontPage Express. It may seem complicated to begin with, but you get used to the cycle quickly.

Or you can use:

Obtain Arachnophilia. and when you want to preview your site in as many different browsers as possible before publishing merely:

  1. Save your page
  2. Then go to Start, programs, Arachnophilia. When Arachnophilia. comes up.
  3. Go to File, Open file, Html File.  Click on the down arrow at the top of the box to access the directory where you save your FrontPage Express files. When you arrive at the correct file, select it and press Open. The file then appears as html in Arachnophilia.
  4. Now is  where  you use the preview in browser option of Arachnophilia. Not only can you do this but you have the option to configure up to 6 browsers (see below). The preview menu allows you to activate the selected browser, or quickly switch browsers. The Launch Selected Browser function is duplicated on the toolbar. Launch the browser ( The default browser will be the one you configured at set up with Arachnophilia.) Then you will be able to see your FPE web page in all it's glory:) (Not to mention  you will be able to use Arachnophilia. as a html editor - Arachnophilia. is a Careware program)

    At the bottom of this menu is an option to identify browsers. This is how you add browsers to your Arachnophilia. installation. You may identify up to six browsers. Using multiple browsers is good practice, because no two browsers act exactly the same. You may want to change the coding of your pages to accommodate these differences.

    Arachnophilia. uses a feature of Windows called DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) to switch from the main Arachnophilia. display to the browser display without requiring the user to relaunch the browser each time. Basically, after launching your browser the first time, you may simply press the main toolbar preview button and the browser’s display is updated with the new information. This system works on nearly all browsers -- on one older version of Microsoft Internet Explorer (2.0), because of a coding error, you have to touch the browser’s title bar to refresh the display. For owners of this browser, I recommend an upgrade, free at the time of writing.

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