Broken links are one of the major banes of Web sites. When you move pages or redesign your site, there is always a chance that you will break a link to another page. The various ways a link can be broken include the following:
Thankfully, broken links are a common problem and you have several tools at your disposal to help avoid them.
The W3C Link Checker
The World Wide Web Consortium maintains an online link checker.
To use the W3C Link Checker on your site, follow these steps:
The online W3C Link Checker in action.
Checkers built into development tools
Many Web development tools have integrated link checkers that you can use while you develop your site. For example, Macromedia Dreamweaver includes a comprehensive checking feature.Check the documentation on your favorite tool to see if it has a comparable feature.
There are several tools you can download and run locally to check links on your site. Visit your favorite software repository site to search for a suitable tool for your use.
Macromedia Dreamweaver has a link checker feature built in so you can check your links as you develop your site.
Watching your logs
Your server’s log files can also alert you to broken links. For example, the Status Code Report lists several Document not found (404) errors. These errors can be caused by broken links on your site or sites that refer to your site. By enabling more reporting details, you can usually find out what referring document had the broken link.
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Introducing The Web And Html
What Goes Into A Web Page?
Starting Your Web Page
Lines, Line Breaks, And Paragraphs
Page Layout With Tables
Introducing Cascading Style Sheets
Creating Style Rules
Padding, Margins, And Borders
Colors And Backgrounds
Tables Table Styles
Defining Pages For Printing
Dynamic Html With Css
Introduction To Server-side Scripting
Introduction To Database-driven Web Publishing
Creating A Weblog
Introduction To Xml
Xml Processing And Implementations
Testing And Validating Your Documents
Choosing A Service Provider
Uploading Your Site With Ftp
Publicizing Your Site And Building Your Audience
Maintaining Your Site
The Web Development Process
Developing And Structuring Content
Designing For Usability And Accessibility
Designing For An International Audience
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