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Reference Guide The Editor CREATING RICH TEXT Links, Email Links, Anchors

Links, Email Links, Anchors

The Link feature of the Editor is a powerful option that lets you add clickable hyperlinks or e-mail addresses to your documents, as well as control the way they look and work.

To insert a link to a URL address, anchor, or an e-mail, first highlight the text you wish to make into a link and then press the button on the toolbar or use the Ctrl+L keyboard shortcut. A popup window called "Link" will appear. If no text is selected, the link URL or e-mail address will appear in the document as is. The Link dialog window that will open lets you choose the link type and configuration options pertaining to your choice.

Link Type: URL

URL is the default link type and will create a link to a web page.

  • Link Type – the category of the link that will be inserted into the document. You can choose between
    • URL – the web address of any resource available in the Internet, like a website, a PDF document, or an image.
    • Link to anchor in the text – an internal link pointing the reader to a designated point in your document.
    • E-mail – an e-mail address.
  • Protocol – the communication protocol used with the web address. You can choose between the following options: http://, https://, ftp://, news://, or <other>.
  • URL – the web address of the resource that the link is pointing to. It may be located on your website or on an external website. You can also use the Browse Server button to select a file from your File Manager.

You will notice that the URL ( the default link type that lets you add a website address to your document) and Protocol have been automatically inserted for you.

Target

The Target tab is only available for the URL link type. It sets the target of your link (specifies in what kind of a window a link will appear). By default the target of the URL is not set and the link will open in the same browser window or tab as the document.

  • <not set> – the default setting that opens the link in the same browser window or tab as the document.
  • <frame> – the setting that opens the link in the frame specified in the Target Frame Name text box. The text box is only visible after you choose <frame> as the target.
  • <popup window> – the setting that opens the link in the pop-up window specified in the Popup Window Name text box. The text box is only visible after you choose <popup window> as the target.
  • New Window (_blank) – the setting that opens the link in a new window.
  • Topmost Window (_top) – the setting that opens the link in a window that is positioned on the top.
  • Same Window (_self) – the setting that opens the link in the same window as the document.
  • Parent Window (_parent) – the setting that opens the link in the window that the document window is nested in.

If you choose to open the link in a pop-up window, you can configure further options that control the appearance of the pop-up. Note, however, that the users' browser settings might override these options and make the pop-up window appear in a standard new browser tab or window instead.

  • Resizable – this parameter controls whether the pop-up window may be resized.
  • Status bar – this parameter controls whether the pop-up window will contain the status bar.
  • Location bar – this parameter controls whether the pop-up window will contain the location bar.
  • Toolbar – this parameter controls whether the pop-up window will contain the toolbar.
  • Menu bar – this parameter controls whether the pop-up window will contain the menu bar.
  • Full screen – this parameter controls whether the pop-up window will be maximized (full-screen).
  • Scroll bars – this parameter controls whether the pop-up window will contain the scroll bars.
  • Dependent – this parameter controls whether the pop-up window will close when the window that opens it closes (works in Netscape only).
  • Width – the width of the pop-up window.
  • Height – the height of the pop-up window.
  • Left Position – the offset of the pop-up window from the left side of the screen.
  • Top Position – the offset of the pop-up window from the top of the screen.

Browse Server

The Browse Server button is only available for the URL link type. It allows you to send your own resources to the File Manager. For more information on how to upload a file, check out File Manager located under Web Page Management.

Advanced

The Advanced tab lets you configure additional link options. It is meant for advanced users with knowledge of HTML and CSS and gives nearly endless possibilities as far as the presentation of the link is concerned.
 

Link Type: E-mail

The Editor makes it easy to insert clickable e-mail addresses to your documents and even add a subject and body to the e-mail message. To add a hyperlinked e-mail address to your document, select E-mail from the Link Type drop-down list.

The Link Info tab allows you to configure the recipient and the message content.

  • E-Mail Address – the address of the recipient of the e-mail message. This field is obligatory for the e-mail link to work.
  • Message Subject – the default text that will be pasted into the subject line of the e-mail message.
  • Message Body – the default text that will be pasted into the e-mail message as its content.

Anchors

An anchor is a position on the page to which you would like your visitors to be redirected. To insert an anchor, place your cursor and click before the text or section you want the anchor to refer to and press the button on the toolbar. A popup window called "Anchor Properties" will appear. Enter its name in the Anchor Name text box. Once you click OK, an anchor icon will appear in the document.

Link Type: Link to anchor in the text

In order to link to an anchor previously set in the document, first highlight the text you wish to link from, press the button on the toolbar or use the Ctrl+L keyboard shortcut, select Link to anchor in the text from the Link Type drop-down list, and select the anchor by anchor name.

The Link Info tab contains the following options that make selecting an anchor an easy task:

  • By Anchor Name – a drop-down list containing the names of all anchors established in the document.
  • By Element Id – a drop-down list containing the identifiers of all anchors established in the document that contain the id attribute. This would fall in the advanced category.

Removing a link

Removing a link is just as easy as adding it; when the mouse cursor is placed on a link, the  button on the toolbar becomes active. Pressing the button removes the link and leaves plain text. You can also right click on the link and select the Unlink option.