Understanding document locations and paths

Understanding document locations and paths

Understanding the file path between the document you’re linking from and the document you’re 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 don’t specify the entire URL of the document you’re linking to; instead, you specify a relative path from the current document or from the site’s 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).

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