Linking and Navigation
After youve set up a Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 site to store your website documents and have created HTML pages, youll want to create connections from your documents to other documents.
Dreamweaver provides several ways to create hypertext links to documents, images, multimedia files, or downloadable software. You can establish links to any text or image anywhere within a document, including text or images located in a heading, list, table, layer, or frame.
For a visual representation of how your files are linked together, use the site map. In the site map you can add new documents to your site, create and remove document links, and check links to dependent files. For more information, see Viewing a site map.
There are several different ways of creating and managing links. Some web designers prefer to create links to nonexistent pages or files as they work, while others prefer to create all the files and pages first and then add the links. Another way to manage links is to create placeholder pages, which stand in for the final file and let you add links quickly and check them before you have actually completed all the pages. For more information about checking links, see Checking for broken, external, and orphaned links.
This chapter contains the following sections:
Understanding document locations and paths
About image maps
Inserting jump menus
Using navigation bars
Using image maps
Checking for broken, external, and orphaned links
Fixing broken links
Opening linked documents in Dreamweaver