Inserting a link in an element

You can insert links into elements that contain an HTML or rich text field.

About this task

Note: When you create a link to a site area or content item, this method is only used if the link requires no customization. If you need to create a link to a site area or content item that requires customization, such as "jump-to" navigation, you must instead use a URL Tag.

Procedure

  1. Click Insert Link.
  2. Select either External URL, or Web Content.
  3. To add a link to a URL, either type or paste the URL in the Type a URL field.
    Note: The inserted URL is rendered relative to the URL of the site area of the currently rendered content item. Internet protocols, such as "Http://", must be added at the beginning of the inserted link if an absolute URL is intended to be rendered.
  4. To add a link to web content, an image component, a file component, or an existing link component, click Browse Content.
    In CF08 or higher, click Browse.
    1. Select the library that the item is stored in.
    2. Select the item to link to.
    3. Click OK
  5. To add a link to a document in the current place, click Browse Libraries.
    In CF08 or higher, click Browse.
    1. Select the library that the document is stored in.
    2. Select the document to link to.
    3. Click OK
  6. Click Link Attributes to set additional settings.
    1. For external URLs:

      Select a link display type:

      Text
      Select this type to display the link as text.
      • Use URL as link text: Select this option to use the URL of the item that is linked to as the link text.
      • Link text: Enter the text to use as the link text. To enter text, you must clear the Use URL as link text check box.
      Image Component
      Select this type to display the link as an image. Click Select Image to select an image component to use as the link image.

      Enter a description of the link by selecting either:

      Use URL as link description
      Select this option to use the URL of the item that is linked to as the link description.
      Enter description
      Select this option to enter the text to use as the link description. To enter a description, you must clear the Use URL as link description check box.
    2. For Web content:

      Select a link display type:

      Text
      Select this type to display the link as text.
      • Use title of linked item: Select this option to use the title of the item that is linked to as the link text.
      • Link text: Enter the text to use as the link text. To enter text, you must clear the Use title of linked item check box.
      Image Component
      Select this type to display the link as an image. Click Select Image to select an image component to use as the link image.

      Enter a description of the link by selecting either:

      Use description of linked item
      Select this option to use the description of the item that is linked to as the link description.
      Enter description
      Select this option to enter the text to use as the link description. To enter a description, you must clear the Use description of linked item check box.

      Enter an optional query string. You can use a query string here as a search parameter in a menu element. For example, you might enter this query string: myquery=shoes You can then specify "myquery" as a search parameter in a menu element.

  7. Select a link target:
    Name
    Select this option to specify the name of the link target.
    New Window
    Select this option to open the link in a new browser window.
    None
    Select this option specify no link target.
    Parent
    Select this option to open the link in the parent frameset of the frame the link appears in, replacing the entire frameset.
    Self
    Select this option to open the link in the current frame, replacing the content in that frame.
    Top
    Select this option to open the link in the current browser window, replacing all frames.
  8. Enter extra attributes, such as style sheet classes or JavaScript. These attributes are used in the same way as using an attribute in a "<a href=" "></a>" tag.
    For example:
    • To create the link tag, <a class="classname" href="http://www.ibm.com"></a> you would enter class="classname" in the Additional attributes field.
    • To create the link tag, <a name="homepage" class="classname" href="http://www.ibm.com"></a> you would enter name="homepage" class="classname" in the Additional attributes field.
  9. Click OK.