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Managing hyperlinks

Tim Roper -

In this article we will explain how to manage hyperlinks within Citizen Space, Dialogue and Simulator. Using hyperlinks is a good way to direct the respondent to relevant information and can help to keep your content concise and easy to digest. Hyperlinks are managed within text fields with the WYSIWYG bar and this is consistent through all Delib products.

Adding hyperlinks

The CK Editor bar with add hyperlink icon highlighted. Screenshot.

To add a link, highlight the text you'd like to use and select the chain link icon.

Link info

Screenshot of add hyperlink window with 3 tabs: Link, target and upload.

This will open the above window to the link info tab, where you can change a number of things. First is the display text, which are the words people are able to select to activate the link. However, this will change the words you highlighted in your text field.

Link type dropdown menu options. Screenshot

Next is the link type, which has options for:

  • URL, which is to link to a web page
  • Link to anchor in the text, which we have a guide to on the knowledge base
  • E-mail, which is useful for adding a contact link

If you choose URL as the link type you will then need to set the address for the web page you're linking. You can also change protocol but if in doubt leave this, as the default is usually correct (either http:// or https://).

Target

The second tab in the hyperlinking window allows you to control how you'd like the link to open.

Link target tab with dropdown menu. Screenshot.

This will give you several options but the basic choice is whether you'd like it to open in the same window or a new window. The default setting is <not set>, which will open the link in the same window.

 Link target dropdown menu options. Screenshot.

Setting the link to open in a new window can be helpful as it will leave the current page open in the original window, lowering the chances of the respondent accidentally losing their progress. If you do set the link to open in a new window, make sure you include text to indicate this for accessibility reasons (something simple like 'this link opens in a new window').

Upload

The last tab allows you to upload a file which you can direct respondents to. This feature is only available within Citizen Space and can help you avoid embedding large files. First choose the file you'd like to upload, then hit the 'Send it to the Server' button to make it available for linking.

screenshot of link upload window

Once you've completed this step return to the Link Info tab and hit the browse server button to bring up any files you've uploaded. Once you select the file you'd like, the link will then take respondents directly to it.

Upload tab of link window. Screenshot.

Removing hyperlinks

CK Editor bar with remove hyperlink icon highlighted. Screenshot.

To remove a link, highlight the text for an active link and use the chain link icon with an x on the right. When you are highlighting text with an active link, this button will go from being greyed out (as you can see in the first screenshot of the WYSIWYG bar) to active (as you can see above). Using this function will automatically remove the link from the highlighted text, so use with caution!