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Browser Basics: Links: the key to web navigation

Well, all so far is great, but usually a webpage will say ``go here'' or ``click here.'' You may have noticed that these things are usually blue and underlined. This is because they are something known as links. Links are `clickable' with your mouse, and will take you to another URL. It is the author of the webpage's choice to decide exactly where that link will take you. It's also a very firm web convention to keep links underlined, so you can quickly differentiate between regular text and a link.

Looking for the hand

To further help you figure out what are links, Netscape has devised a little picture of a `hand' to appear when your mouse hovers over a link. That is a real tip off to let you know something is a link.


``Move the mouse over a link, and the shape of the mouse cursor will change''

What this means is that not all links are clickable text. It's common to find clickable graphics. Again, the hand will show up over the graphic. In fact, you may have already noticed that almost every advertisement on the internet is a picture or graphic of some sort, trying to lure you in. Remember the Chinese adage, a picture's worth a thousand words. One very likely place to find clickable images is `menus'. As you will surf you will discover that many sites have graphical bars and menus to help you navigate throughout the site.

New and Visited Links

When the original designers were figuring out the standards for HTML and browsers and all the stuff that goes with them, they devised a method of letting the user know where he's been before. Links that you have ``followed'' will sometimes be displayed in a different color than ``unvisited'' links. This helps your differentiate quickly between something you've already gone to.



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