Dreamweaver Tutorial: Create an Email Link
Email is the most popular Web application. There will be many occasions for you to create an email link on your Web site. In Dreamweaver, you can create hyperlinks that automatically launch the user's default e-mail application. These are useful when you want to give your viewers a way to send you feedback about your site or request more information about your products or services. The email application automatically opens a new message window, with the To: email address already filled in.
When you define an email link in Dreamweaver, you specify the email address of the intended recipient, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org. This address is already filled in the To: field when the email window opens.
The code that Dreamweaver uses for the email link is similar to the code for other types of links. An <a> tag is used to create the link to an email address just like it is for other types of links. However, the link contains the keyword, mailto, that tells the browser to handle the link by opening an e-mail software application on your users computer. The code for an email link might look like the following:
<a href="mailto:email@example.com">Email Jane Adrews </a>
When someone clicks the "Email Jane Andrews" link, the user's email software opens a send message window and fills in the firstname.lastname@example.org in the To: field of the email window.
Dreamweaver Tutorial: Create an E-mail Link
Click in the web page where you want to insert the email link.
Click Insert, Email Link from the Insert Panel as shown below.
You can also click on the Email button on the Insert Common Toolbar which will also open the Email LInk dialog box. You could also select existing text on your page that you wanted to convert to an email link. When you do it this way the selected text is already entered into the text box on the Email Link dialog box.
The Email Link dialog box will open. Type in the text that you want to appear on your web page as a link to the email address of your intended recipient. In the Email box, type in the email address for the recipient. Click OK and Dreamweaver will automatically create the link to the specified email address on your web page.
You can also highlight the email link on your web page and look in the Property Inspector to see the mailto:email@example.com link.
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Note: About Browser Email Settings
Note that not all users use a standard email program such as Microsoft Outlook. Many people who visit your web page use a Web-based email program like Hotmail or GMail. If visitors using a Web-based email program click on an email link on your Web page, they may get an error message asking them to set up an email account using a standard email program.
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