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Weekly Computer Tip # 85
23 October 2004

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Verify Hyperlinks to other web destinations (Microsoft FrontPage)

About a month ago I started a so-called "web blog" (aka blog). As you may (or may not) know weblogs are a trendy phenomenon that know no boundaries. Personal weblogs have become increasingly popular over the last year or so. So I decided to start my own. It's pretty much about my day-to-day experiences as a training consultant (see http://www.roem.co.uk/blog.html if you're curious) but I try and keep a constant supply of interesting links to make the blog readable by someone who doesn't know me. Which leads to today's tip about web links ...

Few things irritate site visitors as much as broken hyperlinks -- links that don't lead anywhere or point to "dead ends", pages or Web sites that have been renamed, moved, deleted, or assigned different URLs. Part of good web maintenance involves regularly checking for broken hyperlinks and fixing or deleting them.

Did you know ...

In Microsoft FrontPage you can verify that the hyperlinks to external destinations (destinations that are outside of the web) are valid so you can easily fix or delete broken hyperlinks.

Here's how:

  1. If necessary, save all open pages.
  2. In Reports view, click Verify Hyperlinks on the Reporting toolbar.
  3. Click Verify all hyperlinks, and then click Start.

The status of all hyperlinks in the current web is displayed. If there are any broken hyperlinks double-click the Broken hyperlinks row to open and edit it, and apply the change to selected pages or all pages in which that hyperlink appears.

By the way, if anybody spots a broken hyperlink on my web pages, let me know and I'll give the first three "spotters" a FrontPage 2000 Introduction training manual for free, as a thank you. (Perhaps I don't always practice what I preach!?)

Until next week.

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