This page describes how to insert links. Included are an explanation of the different types of links.
Web address links connect to another page on the Internet.
Type - Your link type will almost always be "http:" There may be occasion to use "ftp" when linking to files on the ftp server.
Target - The target is the manner in which the link will open. In most cases, you'll leave this field blank. The default is for the link to open in the same window.
Open a new browser window only if no navigation exits on the page they go to, or if the page disables the back button. Otherwise, have link open in same browser window.
Tool tip - The tool tip is text that will appear when the mouse cursor is placed over the hyperlink (text or image).
You'll notice the wheelchair icon next to this field - this denotes the tool tip aids in making your site more accessible.
CSS Class - This allows you to choose a CSS class for your link. You could select "sub link" to tag your hyperlink as a sub link within the page.
Email links open the default email application on your computer and create a new email message addressed to the provided addresses.
Link Text - This is the text that will be underlined as a link. If you selected text before you clicked the hyperlink button, this text will appear here.
Subject - Input text that will appear in the subject line of the email. If the email link is on a page about creating hyperlinks, put " Need Help With Links " so the recipient knows the reason for the email.
Anchors are used to navigate within the same page. Anchors are especially useful for long Web pages - allowing the user to jump from one section of a page to another.
It's a two-step process to input an anchor link:
- Choose a keyword
- No spaces
- One or two words
- Unique enough that you won't use it again
It's best to define an anchor one line above where you'd like the screen to jump.
To return to the top of a page with one click, insert a To Top link. Use To Top links on very long pages at the end of each section.
Note: On the WSDOT intranet, To Top links are created in a different way. Refer to the Intranet Web Toolkit for details at:
These type of links were needed when the Web was first created. For the last several years, usability tests show us a better way is to use the keywords your audience is looking for as your link text. This will resonate with them and they will click through to your information.
The user should be able to see the link out of context and have some idea of what they will be getting when they click on the link. For example: Avoid problems with Web links by managing their placement within the context of your document.
Ever tried to click repeatedly on underlined text, only to find it's not a link? Underlining should never be used online - unless it's a link.
Open a new browser window only if no navigation exists on the destination page or if that page disables the back button. Otherwise, links need to open in same window (which is the CMS default).
Need assistance with a Web link, anchor link, email link or to top link? Contact WSDOT WebHelp .