Contribute

Creating text and image links

With Adobe(r) Contribute(r) CS3, you can make text or images in your web page or blog act as links. When a visitor to your website clicks a link on a specified text or an image, the browser takes the visitor to another web page or file, or starts their e-mail application; if the link is in a blog, Contribute takes the visitor to another blog entry.

Your text or image can link to any of the following:

  • A current draft or a recently published page on your website
  • A new web page, which Contribute creates at the same time as the link
  • A new blog entry, which Contribute creates at the same time as the link
  • An existing web page on your website or on another website
  • An e-mail address
  • An existing file on your computer, such as a Microsoft Word or PDF file

Linking to a draft or a recently published page on your website

You can create a link on your page to a draft that you are currently editing or to a recently published page on your website. Contribute has a complete list of current drafts for you to link to, and stores a list of the last ten pages you published on your website.

To create a link to a draft or recently published page on your website:

  1. In your draft, do one of the following to indicate where the link will appear:
    • Place the insertion point in the draft.
    • Select text in the draft.
    • Select an image in the draft.
  2. Do one of the following to open the Insert Link dialog box:
    • Click the Link button in the toolbar, and then select Drafts and Recent Pages.
    • Select Insert > Link > Drafts and Recent Pages.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Insert Link. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  3. Click Drafts and Recent Pages (Windows) or Drafts (Macintosh) at the top of the dialog box, if it's not already selected.
  4. Complete the dialog box.For information about options in the dialog box, click the Help button.
  5. Click OK.

The link appears in your draft.

Linking to a new page

You can create a link to a new web page on your website--that is, you can create a link to a new page that Contribute creates at the same time that it creates the link.

Note: The new page appears on your website when you publish the draft with the link.

For example, suppose you are working on a page listing your products and need to create a link to a product page that doesn't exist yet. Contribute lets you create the new page and link to it before you add content to the page.

The preferred way to add a new page to your website is to create a link and the new page at the same time, and then add content later.

It's a good idea to create a link to a new page at the same time you create the new page. This way, you don't have to remember to link to the page later, and you ensure that users can navigate to the page on your website.

To create a link to a new page:

  1. In your draft, do one of the following to indicate where the link will appear:
    • Place the insertion point in the draft.
    • Select text in the draft.
    • Select an image in the draft.
  2. Do one of the following to open the Insert Link dialog box:
    • Click the Link button in the toolbar, and then select Create New Page.
    • Select Insert > Link > Create New Page.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Insert Link. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  3. Click the Create New Page button (Windows) or New Page button (Macintosh) at the top of the dialog box, if it is not already selected. The bottom half of the dialog box changes.
  4. Complete the dialog box. For information about options in the dialog box, click the Help button.
  5. Click OK.

Contribute adds the link to the draft, and then opens the new page in the Contribute editor. To return to the draft where you added the link, click the draft title in the Pages panel.

Note: Contribute automatically saves the new page in the same folder as the draft that links to it (unless you selected another website). When you publish your draft, Contribute also publishes the new page. You can change the folder location for the new page then, if you need to.

Linking to a page on your website or on another website

You can create a link to another page on your website or on another website. If the page you're linking to is not linked to any other pages--so you can't browse to it--Contribute lets you use the file system to find the page.

To create a link to a page on your website or on another website:

  1. In your draft, do one of the following to indicate where the link will appear:
    • Place the insertion point in the draft.
    • Select text in the draft.
    • Select an image in the draft.
  2. Do one of the following to open the Insert Link dialog box:
    • Click the Link button in the toolbar, and then select Browse to Web Page.
    • Select Insert > Link > Browse to Web Page.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Insert Link. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  3. Click the Browse to Web Page button (Windows) or Browse button (Macintosh) at the top of the dialog box, if it is not already selected.
  4. Complete the dialog box.For information about options in the dialog box, click the Help button.
  5. Click OK.

Contribute adds the link to your draft.

Linking to an e-mail address

You can create a link to an e-mail address. When a website visitor clicks the link, Contribute creates a new message, with the e-mail address you specified, in the visitor's default e-mail application.

For example, you might create the text link "Contact us about our new products!" When a visitor clicks the link, Contribute starts the visitor's e-mail application and creates an e-mail message to the Sales department.

To create a link to an e-mail address:

  1. In your draft, do one of the following to indicate where the link will appear:
    • Place the insertion point in the draft.
    • Select text in the draft.
    • Select an image in the draft.
  2. Do one of the following to open the Link dialog box:
    • Click the Link button in the toolbar, and then select E-mail Address.
    • Select Insert > Link > E-mail Address.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Insert Link. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  3. Click the E-mail Address button (Windows) or E-mail button (Macintosh) at the top of the dialog box, if it is not already selected.
  4. Complete the dialog box.For information about options in the dialog box, click the Help button.
  5. Click OK.

Contribute adds the link to the page.

Linking to a file on your computer

To add content to your website that you saved on your computer, create a link on a page on your website to a file saved on your computer or network.

For example, you might link to a Word document saved on your hard drive or an HTML page saved on your desktop. This essentially adds a new page to your website, with the content contained in the file.

When you publish the page with the link, Contribute copies the file into your website and then links to that copy--not to the actual file on your computer--to create the new page on your website.

You can use the Insert Link dialog box to insert a link to a file on your computer, or you can drag the file to your page.

To create a link to a file on your computer using the Insert Link dialog box:

  1. In your draft, do one of the following to indicate where you want the link to appear:
    • Place the insertion point in the draft.
    • Select text in the draft.
    • Select an image in the draft.
  2. Do one of the following to open the Insert Link dialog box:
    • Click the Link button in the toolbar, and then select File on My Computer.
    • Select Insert > Link > File on My Computer.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Insert Link. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  3. Click the File on My Computer button (Windows) or File button (Macintosh) at the top of the dialog box, if it is not already selected.
  4. Complete the dialog box.For information about options in the dialog box, click the Help button.
  5. Click OK.

Contribute copies the file to create a page on your website. A link to the new page appears in your draft.