Adding lists and Links

Not everything that you want in your web page content will be paragraphs. The two most common types of text that you will want in your web page apart from headings and paragraphs are lists and links.


To add a list into your page content you first need to insert the content that you want to have in the list into your web page with each list entry as a separate paragraph (as you already know how to do if you have been following the tutorials so far). Once the paragraphs are in the page we then select the content of all of the paragraphs that are to be converted into a list by clicking and dragging the mouse across the paragraphs.

The next thing we need to decide is whether we want an ordered or unordered list. Ordered lists use numbers or letters on the front of each entry in the list to indicate the order in which the list entries should apply. Unordered lists use "bullets" to indicate that all of the list entries are equal and that no specific order is implied.

The List Buttons

If you look at the toolbars across the top of NVU in the middle of the toolbars you will see two buttons (I have drawn a black box around them in the above view of that part of the toolbars). These are the two buttons that can be used for converting paragraphs into a list. The left of these buttons creates an ordered list while the other button will produce an unordered list.


Directly above the two buttons we just used is a bigger button labelled "Link". To make part of our text into a link we simply select the text that we want to convert into a link and press this button. A dialog box will open.

Top of the Link Dialog

To set up the selected text as a link, all that we need to do is to enter the address of the web page that you want to the link to link to and press the Change File button. (There may be other fields below that but they are not needed for setting up an ordinary link).

The way that you enter the address to link to depends on whether you are linking to another page on your site or to a different site. If linking to a page on your site then entering the filename of that page will be sufficient. If linking to a different site you will want to copy the content of the address bar from your browser when visiting that page in order to specify exactly which page it is that you are linking to.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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