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Adding Links � hyperlinks to other areas and emails

Creating Hyperlinks

To create a hyperlink in the Rich Content Editor follow these simple instructions:

  1. Place the cursor in the content editor where you would like the link to appear
  2. Type in the word or phrase that will activate the link when clicked
  3. Select the word or phrase
  4. Press the Insert/Edit Link button ( ) on the Actions Toolbar. This will launch the Insert/Edit Link popup dialog box.
  5. Linking to a web site: Enter the target web site address in the Link URL box. All web site addresses must include the 'http://' prefix.
  6. Linking to an email addresses: Enter the email address into the Link URL box prefixed with the 'mailto:' identifier. (For more information on constructing mailto links see: 'Linking to an email address'.)
  7. Select the target for the link
  8. Add a link title in the Title box. The link title will be displayed when when the user hovers their mouse over the link.
  9. DO NOT change the Class select box.
  10. Press the Insert button.

The selected word or phrase will now activate the link when clicked.

Linking to an Email Address

To add links to an advert you must first understand the mailto: hyperlink structure. The AMAZing Place makes it much easier to enter links as all you need to know is the links target (The mailto:....... bit). This will become clear when you follow the information below.

Setting up a Mailto Link

To write an email link just create an anchor link like you would normally, but instead of http:// write mailto: and then your email address. For example, to set up a link to email me, you would write:

"mailto:support@aboutmyarea.co.uk"

If you want to send to multiple people, separate the email addresses with a comma:

mailto:email@address1.com,email@address2.com

But there is so much more that you can do with the mailto links.

Most current Web browsers and email clients support more than just the "To" line. You can specify the Subject, send carbon copies, and blind carbon copies.

Advanced Mailto Links

When you create an email link with extra features, you treat it similarly to a CGI script that uses a GET operation (attributes on the command line). Use a question mark after the final "To" email address to indicate you want more than just a "To" line. Then you specify what other elements you would like:

  • cc - to send a carbon copy
  • bcc - to send a blind carbon copy
  • subject - for the subject line

You treat the elements as name=value pairs. The name is the element type listed above that you want to use, and the value is what you want to send. To send a letter to a sample address and cc support, you would type:

"mailto:sample@aboutmyarea.co.uk?cc=support@aboutmyarea.co.uk"

To add multiple elements, separate the second and subsequent elements with an ampersand (&). Ex:

mailto:receipients_address?cc=cc address&bcc=bccaddress

Finally, when adding a subject, keep this in mind, while you can use spaces, they may not come to your email address as spaces. Well, technically they are, but they are sent as URL encoded spaces, so while your browser would know they are spaces, they look like code to you. It's better to separate your words with underlines rather than spaces, as this make it easy for you to read without worrying about how the browsers will interpret it:

"mailto:support@aboutmyarea.co.uk?subject=mail_to_the_HTML_Guide".

Alternatively you can replace all spaces with "%20" which will be translated into a space character.

Putting Mailtos Together

A full example of a mailto link which emails support@aboutmyarea.co.uk with the subject of: HELP, cc'ing sample@aboutmyarea.co.uk can be written as:

"mailto:support@aboutmyarea.co.uk?subject=HELP&cc=sample@aboutmyarea.co.uk"

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