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- On day one we learned quite a bit about how to create an HTML page
and serve it on the web. However, this is really only the beginning of
web publishing. The true magic of the web begins to manifest itself
only when you begin to explore the world of links.
- A link is a bit of text or image that the user may click on in
order to be transported somewhere else on the web.
- For example, if you want to go to the Electric Eye Homepage, click
here. If you do so, you will
notice that this page will disappear and the Electric Eye Homepage will
appear in its place. (You can use the browser's "back" button to get
- Notice that links are typically identified by being underlined,
being in a color other than that of the regular text, and being
sensitive to mouse over events. That is, when you move your mouse over
the link, it changes its appearance. When you see this change in
pointers, you know that if you click your mouse, you will go somewhere.
(We will discuss coloring of links tomorrow).
- Links allow you to tie multiple documents together into a
"web site" or allow you to reference other web sites in other corners
of the web.
- Links also allow you to link from one place in a document to
another. For example, if you click here, you
will be transported to the very top of this page (provided your monitor
is not so large that it can fit the whole page on one screen).