CIS89A - 4. Links

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From here to there - Links

Linking - the ability to embed hyperlinks in pages, is one of the most significant features of the web. The idea that a viewer could click on a word or a picture and immediately be taken to another page that provided additional relevant information was revolutionary.

Learning outcomes

  • add links to other web pages
  • add links to sections within the same web page
  • add links to email address


  • absolute, relative, section, anchor, email address, downloadable file, style link, default color, tab order target window

Reading guide

  • What is a relative link?
  • What is required for the mailto link to initiate an email?

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Help forums

  • How To Ask Questions The Smart Way - Sooner or later you are going to need help. You really tried to find the answer yourself. And you are still stuck. How and where you ask for help will make a big difference.


Voyager account setup

FTP clients


Assignment file name and required elements

  • cis89links1 - a, href, #, id (replaces name), top, mailto, subject, target, _blank, visited
  1. Review the Keywords and Study questions at the top of this page. These will help you look for important ideas in the rest of assignments for this module.

  2. Read Chapter 7. Working with Links in the textbook.

  3. Working with Links - Open a new Thimble page. Collect all the links that you selected for previous assignments and add them to this page. Use all the link elements and tags to provide links to the sites, to your other Thimble pages and headings within this page. Publish your HTML code.
    Note: Links in your project "don't work" from the Thimble viewer window. Once the project is "published", and you view the "share" link, they work fine.
  4. Review the grading rubric in the Working with Links assignment. Compare your work with the grading criteria. How did you do? What do you think your score will be?
  5. Check your work. There are a number of HTML code validators - HTML Validator or Markup Validation Service work well. Use one to check the code you have written. Just copy your HTML code and paste it into the textbox in the online form. Fix any errors that the validator finds.
    Note: Check your work for every coding assignment throughout the course before you submit it.

  6. Submit the complete web address of your cis89links1 page to the Working with Links assignment. Also say what you think your score will be based on the grading rubric.
  7. Post a link to your page along with your comments and questions about this assignment to the Working with Links discussion.
  8. Review the work of 2 others and post a note with links to those pages, and a brief description of your observations - anything that you learned from looking at these? Any ideas you have for using in your own work in the future? Post to the Working with links discussion.

  9. Voyager public web page - If you do not have a Voyager account from another DeAnza CIS course this semester, you need to set it up. The instructions are provided as .pdf files in the top section of the CIS89A main page - How to get a Voyager account File and Voyager - log in, upload files. If you have questions, there is a Voyager discussion topic in the Questions & Answer forum.

    Set up your Business/Computer Systems Account - If you haven't done this already, complete the Student Account Request See Help page for more information. Enter your Campus Wide ID and birthdate (for security reasons!!). Following the lab agreement, click the checkbox to confirm and proceed. This will create a DeAnza Windows account.
    Set up your DeAnza Voyager account. You will also be saving work to the DeAnza web server Voyager, so you will need a Voyager account as well. Use the same username and password to login to Voyager. See How to... .pdf file

  10. If you already have a Voyager account, or once you have created your Voyager account, create a simple HTML file and upload it to the public_html directory in your Voyager account. This must be a text file with the type .htm or .html. You can copy the HTML from Thimble, but check that you are creating a new text file on your own computer.
    There are several ways to transfer files to Voyager. You can use any ftp application or web page development tool that provides file transfer to move your page source text file from your computer to your Voyager public_html directory.

  11. FTP - For pages hosted on Voyager, transfer the HTML code text file with suffix .htm or .html to your Voyager public_html directory.
    FileZilla (recommended) is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License. FileZilla documentation including tutorials are available.
    Also see CIS89A Voyager FTP instructions. Instructions for downloading a different FTP application - Putty (PCs only) are included in the Voyager instructions .pdf. You only need one of these FTP applications.
    NOTE: Make sure the File protocol is "SFTP" otherwise you will not be able to connect to the server.

    Post a link to your web page in your Voyager account to Link to Voyager discussion.
    Submit the Voyager page web address to the Voyager web page address assignment.

  12. Learning Literacies - Share it - Communication and Collaboration are becoming more important as we are expanding our personal and professional networks of contacts and businesses. Review 2-3 articles from Share it - media selections. Post a link and a brief summary of 1 to the Learning Literacies - Share it discussion. Review 2 others.

  13. Blogs - Consider subscribing to the blogs of people or groups that regularly provide new and interesting information about a subject that interests you. Blogs are used by individuals, companies, colleges and organizations as a way to provide updates and news to "subscribers" - usually by email. But blogs are also viewable as web pages, so you don't have to subscribe to see the information.
    Pick two Blogs you find interesting and start reading them. Some that I like - Scientific American, Gizmodo.
    In the Blogs discussion, for one of the blogs you selected, post a link to the blog and a brief description of the blog and why you selected it.
    Review the blog suggestions of 3 others.

  14. Themes - Two of the most popular blogging sites and software are WordPress and more recently Weebly. WordPress is available as an "open source" application you can download and run on your own web server, or as a hosted service at For these, the content of blog posts and site pages are stored separately from the format information by making extensive use of CSS functionality. A "theme" created with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) can be selected and applied to the site content.
    Look through the Weebly themes or WordPress themes that are provided. It is important to understand how powerful CSS is for determining the look and layout for a site. The pages for your site don't have to have all the formatting coded on each page.
    Select 2 examples of themes from the themes gallery. The content is the same - text, associated pictures, links and category information. What are the noticeable differences between the page displays? What layout features are important to you and the display of your content? Post links to the gallery pages for the themes you are comparing, and a brief description of the differences (2-3 sentences), and your preference to the Weebly / WordPress themes discussion.
    Review the selections of 2 others and post a reply describing something you discovered from these other theme designs.

  15. Test drive - Twitter. Blogging in 140 characters. Read through the Newbie's guide to Twitter. Then search Twitter for some topics of interest. If you know hashtags or handles associated with topics and people, look them up. In the Test drive - Twitter discussion, post the contents of 2-3 tweets that are interesting along with 2-3 associated hashtags and a brief comment about your Twitter experience.
    Review 2 others.

  16. Web Literacy - In the Building description, review the skills. What is one thing that you aren't sure you understand? Look it up. In the WebLiteracy - Building discussion, post a link to a resource where you found the answer.

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