Understanding document locations and paths
Understanding the file path between the document youre linking from and the document youre linking to is essential to creating links.
Each web page has a unique address, called a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). For more information on URLs, see the World Wide Web Consortium website on naming and addressing at www.w3.org/Addressing/.
However, when you create a local link (a link from one document to another on the same site), you generally dont specify the entire URL of the document youre linking to; instead, you specify a relative path from the current document or from the sites root folder.
There are three types of link paths:
- Absolute paths (such as http://www.macromedia.com/support/dreamweaver/contents.html). For more information, see Absolute paths.
- Document-relative paths (such as dreamweaver/contents.html). For more information, see Document-relative paths.
- Site root-relative paths (such as /support/dreamweaver/contents.html). For more information, see Site root-relative paths.
Using Dreamweaver, you can easily select the type of document path to create for your links (see Linking files and documents).
It is best to use the type of linking you prefer and are most comfortable with--either site or document relative. Browsing to links, as opposed to typing in the paths, ensures that you always enter the right path.